5 of the Worst signings made by Arsenal in the last decade

Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world and in England. The 13-time league winners in England have made a reputation for signing young players and marquee players and winning the league title with them.

The legacy created by Arsene Wenger at the club has been remarkable. From the Invincible team in 2003-04 to the FA Cup winners in 2017, the club has witnessed transfers that have changed the history of the club. However, the club has also seen some atrocious transfers and players who have not played up to their mark.

Let’s take a look at the five worst signings of Arsenal in the past decade.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

The veteran was signed in the summer of 2018 but he had a poor campaign. He made just 23 appearances for the club as he found first-team opportunities hard to come by. He lasted just one season at Arsenal as he was released in June 2019. The defender did not really shine for the club or made any impact during his year-long stay at the Emirates.

Sebastien Squillaci

One of Wenger’s worst ever signings came in the shape of Squillaci for £4 million. He was initially first-choice but soon fell down the pecking order after some dismal performances. The Frenchman was fit and available to play for the majority of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons but only played seven times in that time period. It came as no surprise when Arsenal decided to release him in the summer of 2013.

Denis Suarez

There was a lot of excitement surrounding Suarez when he signed on loan from Barcelona. You could tell he was a good player but he lacked the physicality needed to succeed in the Premier League. He made just six appearances for the club. Even though it was a loan deal, Suarez came to the Emirates with a bit of responsibility and the fans had a glimmer of hope as well.

Kim Kallstrom

One of the most bizarre signings in the history of Arsenal FC, Kim Kallstrom joined in 2014. After joining in January 2014, it took the Swedish midfielder a few months to make his debut. He would make just four appearances and failed to impress. He could not impress the Arsenal management during his loan spell and returned to his old club, Spartak Moscow.


Gervinho’s goal-scoring exploits for Lille convinced Arsenal to pay £10.8 million for him in 2011. But he failed to hit the heights expected of him. Even though the Ivory Coast striker played a few important games and scored a few goals for Arsenal, he did not really shine for the club. Arsenal later sold him for 8 million Euros to Roma in 2013.