Over the years there have been many players to have left us that have felt like a dagger to the heart.
If we mentioned them all, you would still be reading this blog after the World Cup has finished.
The nature of the game, many more players will leave us than retire with us. Here is my list of most disappointing departures:
Most disappointing departure – Robin van Persie
What a player RVP was. The club could, and should, have done more to keep him.
Even now it still annoys me. He could have gone on to be an Arsenal legends.
His just sums up where Arsenal were as a club at that point. Unable to meet the ambition of any decent player.
I do not have as much animosity towards him as maybe I should. Football is a short career and we could not guarantee what he wanted, trophies. He was also not home grown like Ashley Cole
He says that we never offered him a new deal and that AFC got tired of him.
Surely this cannot be true, but whatever the truth, we should have done everything we could to keep him.
Most bitter departure – Ashley Cole
I really do not need to go too much into it. I do not think I have seen Arsenal fans throw as much hatred towards a single player for leaving.
In those seasons he played for Chelsea, you would never hear a good word said about him, never hear anyone trying to justify his decision.
Emmanuel Adebayor – That celebration when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the AFC fans was nasty, you don’t do that. Thinks that he’s misunderstood. No he isn’t, we just loathe him.
Samir Nasri – Another one following the money, very good player, but not as good as he thought he was.
Unhappy departure – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
I liked Ox.
On his day he was a very good player, but plagued by injury. I don’t think we’ve missed him, but I did want him to stay.
Bemused departure – Joe Willock
I always felt that he was a good player and that letting him go was a mistake that could bite us. I hope it doesn’t.
No hard feelings departure – Theo Walcott
He was a very good player on his day and a top bloke. His time had come to leave us. I wished him all the best on his departure.
Danny Welbeck – I always felt that he had real potential. He had serious pace, but he was injury plagued and lacking a that killer instinct that strikers need. Really liked him though.
Alex Iwobi – Promised much, but never really delivered. Glad to see he’s doing ok at Everton, even though they’re a crap team.
Who was your most disappointing Arsenal departure?