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Arsenal’s Trolley Dash Transfers

August 2011. Arsenal had just lost 8-2 to Manchester United. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making his debut. It was a disastrous day. One of the most embarrassing defeats in recent memory – and there has been a few.

The defeat led Arsenal to carry out a supermarket sweep on the final days of the transfer window.

Having only signed youngsters Carl Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell (who would not get a work permit), alongside the African-Messi Gervinho, Arsenal were horribly short of players. What resulted from that day was a deadline day dash to boost the squad. 5 players in, 1 of which on loan.

But what happened to those 5 players?

Park Chu-Young – Monaco – £1.8m

The signing of South Korean Park Chu-Young will always be a mystery. He was on his way to a medical to sign for Lille when Arsene Wenger got a sniff that he is available. Rather than get on a train to his medical, he got the Eurostar to London. Lille declared him missing, Arsenal were hiding him in a hotel.

He made his league debut for Arsenal as a substitute, 82 minutes into a 2–1 home defeat by Manchester United, on 22 January 2012, 6 months after he signed. And he was never seen in a Premier League game again,.

Talk about him having to leave after 3 years to do national service was as exciting as it got.

He was then loaned to Celta Vigo and Watford, before making a permanent move to Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia. After a year there, he returned to his native South Korea. Not to do military service, but to play for FC Seoul.

A regular for his country before he joined Arsenal, the transfer not only killed his international career, but his footballing career.

Andre Santos – Fenerbache – £6.2m

With Gaël Clichy, Arsenal expected 21 year old Keiran Gibbs to step up as the next great Arsenal left back, with Armand Traore providing cover. Gibbs started the 2011/12 season injured, meaning that Traore and Carl Jenkinson played left back. After the 8-2 defeat, in which Traore started and Jenkinson got sent off, Arsenal targeted a senior left back.

In came Brazilian international Andre Santos. A man known for his attacking exploits.

He ended up performing better in the Arsenal Fish Bar than on the pitch for Arsenal. Always carrying a bit too much timber, he was awful.

He was dumped back to Brazil, then went to India, Switzerland and Turkey. He is currently captain of Boluspor.

Per Mertesacker – Werder Breman – £8m

The Big F’ing German bought leadership and stability to the club after the 8-2 defeat. He soon found himself as first choice centre back at the club, playing alongside either Thomas Vermaelen or Laurent Koscielny – depending on who was fit.

He went on to become an important part of Arsenal defence, leading the side to 3 FA Cup victories, winning the World Cup with Germany, and winning his 100th international cap.

Still at the club, he is set to retire at the end of this season and take up an academy coaching role.

Mikel Arteta – Everton – £10m

There have been very few deadline day dramas like Mikel Arteta’s transfer to Arsenal.

Throughout deadline day, the transfer was on, then off, then on, then done, then off, and then suddenly, just before the window closed, it was confirmed, Mikel Arteta was an Arsenal player.

Most agreed that we had signed him 3 years earlier – the year we tried and failed to sign Xabi Alonso.

Rather than joining to partner Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the midfield, he was their replacement.

His first 3 years at Arsenal were excellent. But then he lost his legs.

The final two years at Arsenal were ruined through injury – has anyone every recovered from losing their legs?

I will always remember when he captained the club for most of 2014, including the FA Cup Final, only for Thomas Vermaelen to do a John Terry and lift the FA Cup despite not playing. Luckily he got to lift it as captain the year after.

He scored on his last game (cruelly changed to an own goal by the FA) and retired. Instead of joining Arsenal’s coaching staff, he took himself to Manchester City, where he is still part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching set up.



Where are they now? Charles-Cook, Meade, Squillaci, Santos & Roberts

Following on from out other two parts (Angha, Eastmond, Wynter, Monteiro, Ebecilio & Denilson & Arshavin, Watt, Neita, Rees, Shea & Mannone) we now look at how Charles-Cook, Meade, Squillaci, Santos & Roberts have got on since leaving Arsenal in the summer.

Reice Charles-Cook

What do Arsenal and Bury have in common? Reice Charles-Cook has been on the books, but not played for, both. I might be being a bit harsh on the youngster, who is just 19, but he has done nothing of note since leaving us.

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Jernade Meade 

Many were unhappy that Jernade Meade was not given a chance at Arsenal, but nearly 20, and with Gibbs, Monreal & Vermaelen ahead of him, it would have been hard to justify giving him a new contract. He joined Premier League Swansea on a free transfer and is 3rd choice left back behind Ben Davies, who is 6 months his senior, and Neil Taylor. He has yet to make his 1st team debut, however has played 3 times for their under 21s. Proof, if needed, that Arsenal were correct to let him go.

Sebastian Squillaci

It would not of taken much to improve on his 1 league goal in 2 seasons for Arsenal and upon signing for French Ligue 1 Bastia, he has played in 8 of the clubs 9 games for Bastia, firmly becoming their 1st choice centre back. He has clearly re-found his level, at a mid table French club.

Andre Santos

After his loan spell at Gremio came to an end, he signed for Brazilian side Flamengo in July this year. Due to the nature of the Brazilian league, he has not yet played for his new side. Report of him hanging around the Arsenal Fish Bar at the top of Blackstock Road are untrue. He was last seen playing against me on FIFA, where he had a shocker of a game at left back.

Phillip Roberts

The 19 year old Irish striker born in Newham is now plying his trade in Scotland for Scottish Championship side Falkirk. Clearly another who did not get away. In 8 league games, he has scored 4 league goals, making him the 7th top scorer in the league. According to Falkirk’s website, you can sponsor his boots.

Tomorrow: Hajrovic, Gervinho, Chamakh, Bihmoutine & Henderson


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Where are they now? Angha, Eastmond, Wynter, Monteiro, Ebecilio & Denilson

Last night I was playing FIFA 14. During a game, I heard the commentator say ‘Andre Santos’ and it got me thinking, how are the many players who left us getting on at their new clubs? What better time to explore how they are doing in a boring international break?

Martin Angha

The first player to leave us in the summer, announcing a deal to FC Nuremberg before the season had even ended on April 10th. He has since played once for his new club once, coming on in the 89th minute against Dortmund. He has performed 4 times of their reserves and at 19, it was unlikely he would make an immediate impact. He has, however, made a place on the Nuremberg bench his own. A sign he might break into the full team in the near future.

Craig Eastmond

The Nando’s loving chav joined League One Colchester in the summer, whom he spent the 2nd half of last season on loan. He is a regular in their first team, starting in all 11 of Colchester’s league games. Reports are he is maturing at Colchester and performing like a senior member of the squad, often passing on his Arsenal experience to those both younger and older in the Colchester squad. Having spent 3 years in Colchester myself, I am can hand on heart say the Nando’s there is decent. I am sure he is enjoying himself.

Jordan Wynter

Now at Bristol (Rovers or City? I do not know, why does such a small town need two football clubs?), 2 league starts and a goal in the League Cup was a good start for the midfielder. Playing in a defensive role, he was looking good until he picked up an injury in September which has left him unavailable for selection for over a month. He is now slowly regaining full fitness and playing in Bristol’s Under 21 side.

Elton Monteiro

The once highly rated joined Club Brugge where he has failed to do anything of note.

Kyle Ebecilio

The young Dutchman has returned to Holland to play for FC Twente. Having suffered at Arsenal, where he lacked 1st team opportunities, he has perhaps highlighted that you are better off remaining in the country of your birth to continue your development. Starting the season for FC Twente on the bench, he is now a regular in their 1st XI. Whilst he has always been the ‘1st sub’ the fact at 19 he is trusted with playing in central midfield on a regular for the Eredivisie table toppers shows we will be hearing a lot more about him. I wonder if we have a buy back clause?


Having returned on loan to his home town club, Sao Paulo last year, he signed for them on a permanent basis this summer having mutually terminated his contract with Arsenal (ie got a big pay off). The Brazilian league is an odd one, where they play a regional league, then a national league, as well as the Cope Libertadoes (South American Champions League). 32 games since resigning for his home town club, he has been welcomed back by the fans big time. I hope he regains his ability, as I feel he was often chastised for “not being Cesc Fabregas”. 10 yellow’s, 2 red’s and no goals. Will he gain a place in the Brazilian squad for the next World Cup? Probably not.

Tomorrow: Arshavin, Watt, Neita, Rees, Shea & Mannone