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Who is Arsenal Football Club’s worst ever signing? This question was posed to me the other day and it certainly does make you think.

Now “worst signing” can boil down to a variety of reasons: it could be the transfer fee paid, it could be because of the lack of production on the pitch or it could simply be that the player was not well-liked. Although the latter is injust.

When talking about the club’s worst-ever signings, a few players immediately spring to mind: Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young, Shkodran Mustafi, Gervinho, and Marouane Chamakh (although I did feel he was rather serviceable only to be usurped by Robin van Persie). These, of course, being the more modern additions.

Given that each of the players mentioned above can be seen as Arsenal’s worst-ever signing, there is one name that isn’t there. That is Willian.

Who is the worst signing in the history of Arsenal Football Club? Where do Willian, Mustafi, Gervinho, Park, Andre Santos and Igor Stepanovs fit in this list?

The length of the deal plus the yearly wage of around £10m a year, coupled with the severe lack of contribution on the pitch all makes for grim reading for the Brazilian. He was atrocious. Thankfully he left with dignity and humility, so credit to him.

So let’s talk about the worst signings that were mentioned above. First, there is Andre Santos. Not much good can be said about the Brazilian as he was signed to play as a left-back on deadline day. It was a position which he never really was comfortable with; his yearning to get forward left Arsenal exposed at the back countless times.

Arriving in the transfer window with Arsene Wenger panic buying Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun, Santos was nearly always the worst player on the pitch. A left-back should have pace; he didn’t. A left-back should have good positioning; he didn’t. And going forward he was not the best either. It all made for a dreadful Arsenal career and who can forget when he swapped shirts with Robin van Persie at halftime? Yuck, just yuck.

For Park Chu-Young, you will likely never find a more head-scratching signing than the South Korean. Having been mildly well rated in France’s Ligue 1, the striker did score on his club debut against Bolton but he never really got going. His quality and lack of minutes saw him leave the club with just 10 appearances to his name. A truly bizarre signing that we still don’t know how or why it happened. He memorably thought news of his signing was a wind-up and left his Lille medical without explanation. He wore the No. 9, for crying out loud.

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