Worst regular player of the Emirates era

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by say yes, May 1, 2019.

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Who do you consider to be the worst (regular) player of the Emirates era?

  1. Phillipe Senderos (117 apps)

  2. Manuel Almunia (175 apps)

  3. Emmanuel Eboue (214 apps)

  4. Lord Nicklas Bendtner (171 apps)

  5. Theo Walcott (397 apps)

  6. Denilson (153 apps)

  7. Francis Coquelin (160 apps)

  8. Olivier Giroud (253 apps)

  9. Alex Iwobi (146 apps)

  10. Shrokdan Mustafi (111 apps)

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  1. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    Mustafi is dire but it must be Almunia in my humble opinion. The guy pissed away what should have been a CL title(though Henry's uncharacteristically sh*t finishing that match didn't help either). I'm not sure it gets worse than that.
     
  2. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Laca Respect for Alexandre

    Unfair to blame Almunia for that tbh, I think Lehman is more at fault for losing that final.
     
  3. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    Your job as a professional is to be ready when called upon. A keeper being beaten at the near post between the legs in the biggest match of his career has nowhere else to look for blame.
     
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  4. GoonerJeeves

    GoonerJeeves Up The Terriers

    what on earth is Giroud doing on that list?
     
  5. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    Giroud being on that list is a bit strong, but the amount of years he spent uncontested as our main striker was criminal...

    No xhaka on this list? Cause I honestly think he is dog sh*t and would have been my vote.

    I’ll vote Alumina, similar reasons to Giroud, was just left at number 1 for far too long.

    So much dross over the past decade and counting, Jesus Christ.
     
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  6. skip spence

    skip spence Well-Known Member

    Agree with many that Giroud and Walcott have no business on that list. Have voted for Almunia. Still is a mystery to me how a club like ours persisted with such a poor keeper for so long.
     
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  7. roz

    roz Well-Known Member

    I used to really, really dislike Denilson had completely forgotten about him and tbh would much rather have him than el nen.
    Has to be big Phil though, at least I have some memories of other cack players contributing. Not Phillipe though...
    “And unfortunately, when you saw him on the pitch, he lost his playing abilities, he didn’t play well. But against his own team-mates, he played better.” William Gallas
     
  8. KingVerse

    KingVerse Active Member

    Senderos for me, but he was also one of the biggest disappointments too. This guy had so much potential, then Drogba just ruined him in one game and he was never the same after that. If Arshavin played over 100 games he's a good shout too, along with Almunia.
     
  9. Football Manager

    Football Manager Broken Record

    Arshavin? Some of his skills were insane.
    He is one of the best post invincible players, up there with van persie, sanchez, hleb, nasri, cazorla, fabregas.
     
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  10. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    Arshavin Arsenal career is similar to Özil where you know he could have been great for us, but they just lacked the mentality.
    Fleeting moments of ecstasy, years of meh.

    I wouldn’t put Arshavin or Özil in this list, particularly Arshavin who justified his fee with his initial impact alone.
     
  11. KingVerse

    KingVerse Active Member

    He had a bright start then faded out pretty quick and became lazy in an instant. IMO of course. Hleb is another player I never got, zero end product. All he did was running with the ball, dribbling, for minutes then lose the damn ball. I was shocked when Barca wanted to sign him from us. Turns out he didn't do much for them either.
     
  12. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    Hleb was always a divisive player, you either loved him or loathed him.
    He was very unique, incredible dribbler and short range passing I personally credit him for our most aesthetically pleasing football in recent times. People say Cesc and although he was the crown jewel I feel like Hleb was the main reason why our football was tantalisingly good at times he just never ever lost the ball.

    Zero end product and lacked courage however. I wasn’t too sad to see him go, he kinda typified Wenger’s later signings of impotent, less physically imposing players.
     
  13. Football Manager

    Football Manager Broken Record




    If you don’t like them you don’t like football
     
  14. KingVerse

    KingVerse Active Member

    Yeah, I mean obviously Hleb did do some things right. In that he has a legion of cult following and my opinion of him is probably the unpopular one. But all I remember from his days playing for us, was the part I described earlier. Nonstop dribbles that lead to nowhere. It was kinda annoying.
     
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  15. KingVerse

    KingVerse Active Member

    Obviously I don't like football.
     
  16. Football Manager

    Football Manager Broken Record

    Sorry I found that the arshavin video only shows his goals and finish, not enough to demonstrate how good he was. I have edit my original comment and replaced that with a better highlight video.
     
  17. Football Manager

    Football Manager Broken Record

    Lead to nowhere? He dribble past 4-5 players and pass to fabregas/rosicky, that’s why they have got that many assists. And not forget adebayor’s wasted tonnes of chances too.
     
  18. KingVerse

    KingVerse Active Member

    I'm not basing my opinion on a highlight reel. I saw all their games live on TV. I mean, they did some good for us too and those 4 goals Arshavin scored at Anfield will always be a great memory. It's the decline afterwards that bugs me, which indeed they never show in those youtube videos.
     
  19. Football Manager

    Football Manager Broken Record

    I watched almost every game too.
    Arshavin was still very good in attack, dribble past defenders, playing one twos and beautiful through passes. It’s just he was not doing enough in defending. Wenger and fans criticised him for not closing down and not enough defending. He then got benched. But that doesn’t mean he was not still the amazing dribbler he was.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
  20. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member

    Lol yeah I think people forget how trash Arshavin became it was quite pathetic actually.

    Wenger also drew a lot of critism regarding Arshavin.
    First for not making him automatic starter (very very similar to the Özil situation this season).
    Wenger was also criticised when it became blatantly apparent the dude was washed up and we were dragging our feet about offloading him.

    Overall he was kind of a flop but with key highlights, galvanising the team into 4th when he joined, Liverpool demolition and his game against Barcelona. I even remember when most of us theorised that Arshavin tenure was the reason behind Wenger’s reluctance to spend big on established marquee signings!
     

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