Arsenal never won the golden age. At that time the troops of Rene Wenger were invincible throughout the season. The period that made Arsenal nicknamed The Invincibles, became the most beautiful story for London Cannon fans.
Unfortunately, now the glory is only about the story, and who knows when it can be repeated again. The Gunners’ achievements over the past few years have not been very impressive.
The last time Arsenal tasted the Premier title in the 2003/2004 season. That means it’s been 16 years since the London Cannon team fasted the league title. The Gunners are also the only Big Four Premier League team, who have yet to win the Champions League. Arsenal’s best achievement in Europe’s most elite competition was through the final in the 2005/2005 season. Their steps to reach the Big Ear was denied by Barcelona.
Failures in winning the prestigious trophy made Arsenal forced to give up several star players leave. The star players left because they wanted to win a trophy that could not be won in the North London team. Here are four former Arsenal players who had brilliant careers after leaving the Emirates Stadium as reported by Sportskeeda.
Ashley Cole was branded a traitor by Arsenal fans for crossing to Chelsea. They also label the left back as a money player. The process of moving Cole to Stamford Bridge was also colored by controversy. The Blues are labeled illegal actions in approaching the English player. After moving to Chelsea, Coleh won the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and English League Cup.
Gael Clichy arrived at the Emirates Stadium as successor to Ashley Cole. Clichy’s adaptation process at Arsenal was slightly hampered due to injury factors. However, slowly he found his best performance. When he began to appear consistent, there was an offer from Manchester City.
After the departure of Thierry Henry, Arsenal had lost the figure of the chief interpreter. Players like Emmanuel Adebayor, Nikolas Bendtner, and Marouane Chamakh, failed to replace the French passport player. Arsenal’s problems were overcome by the arrival of Robin Van Persie. Initially he had a problem with injury, but when recovered transformed into a goal-hungry striker.
2010/2011 season Van Persie appeared as the club’s top scorer with 37 goals from 48 matches. But the impressive achievement was not accompanied by the title of the Premier League and Champions League that stopped at the Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie finally accepted the proposal of Manchester United in the 2011/2012 season. He appeared as the main bang who locked the Premier League title. it is a title that Van Persie is craving.
Cesc Fabregas came to Arsenal at the age of 16. The Spaniard quickly developed and became the team captain. However, the temptation of a childhood club, Barcelona, could not hold Fabregas longer in North London. Moreover, the opportunity to win many trophies is very open when playing with El Barca.
Fabregas’ decision to move to Barcelona reaped the results of one La Liga title and five Copa Del Rey. In the 2014 season, Fabregas returned to the Premier League. However, it was not returned to Arsenal. Fabregas instead joined the city rivals, Chelsea. Together with the Blues Fabregas won the Premier League title he craves.