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So Adebeyor may be on his way to Man City now eh?
An item in today's Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/jul/09/jose-antonio-reyes-transfer-future) should give the great Togolese pause for thought, as there's every chance he could join a growing squad of Arsene players who, despite swelling their bank balances, find their (short) professional careers shunted into the sidings.
Amongst those who have failed post Arsenal are :
Anelka (okay he's finally got back to th
at level again... 10 years later)
Lundberg (maybe he was in decline already)
Wiltord (okay he was useful)
Jeffers (he was rubbish when he came...)
Cole (has morphed into the loadsamoney chav since leaving the club)
I can only think of a handful who have made more of their careers since chasing the bucks and signing elsewhere :
Henry (maybe not better following his dodgy first season, but he does have a Champions League winning medal now)
Pires - although slower, he's been a fantastic player for Villareal since he joined them.
Vieira - plagued by injuries perhaps, but still playing at a very high level in Seria A.
Any thoughts ... anyone I've missed ?
Have argued this for years, many of those who have left have been getting near to the sell by date but very few go on to better things.
If Arsene would have kept a bit more experience around then todays young players would have benefited. Edu, Pires, Gilberto, Viera. We would not have collapsed in front on Utd in the CL, we could have beaten Chelsea in the cup.
Wenger's teams are always much greater than the sum of their parts, he builds a strong collective that fits perfectly the strengths and weaknesses of the players at his disposal. Most of the players that have been at Arsenal aren't really as good as Wenger makes them seem.