Arsenals 10 worst signings of all-time including Kallstrom and Chamakh

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Former Arsenal and Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom is celebrating turning 39 on Tuesday.

The Swede spent six months on loan in north London, but the midfielder’s career at the Emirates didn’t work out in the way that it was hoped.

While the Gunners have signed a number of world-class talents throughout their long 135-year history, Kallstrom is not the only player to have flopped for Arsenal over the years.

Some thankfully arrived on a free transfer, while others left owners reaching into their pockets.

With Kallstrom’s birthday in mind, in no particular order Daily Star Sport looks back on the 10 worst players who have joined Arsenal.

Kim Kallstrom

Arsene Wenger decided to sign the Sweden international on loan from Spartak Moscow in 2014, despite discovering a back injury during his medical.

Kallstrom joined in the January transfer window but didn’t make his first-team debut until late March in a cameo appearance against Swansea.

However, Kallstrom's time in England was short-lived and the midfielder left the Gunners for Swiss outfit Grasshoppers after making just four appearances.

Marouane Chamakh

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When Chamakh scored seven Premier League goals during his first season in England, Arsenal fans were slightly optimistic about the striker.

However, after a poor second season under Wenger, Chamakh was sent out on loan to West Ham – where he made just three league appearances for the Hammers.

But the Moroccan forwards formed continued to deteriorate and just two years after joining Arsenal, Chamakh was gone.

Chamakh called time on his playing career in 2019 after almost two-and-a-half-years searching for a club.

The Moroccan forward later revealed that he felt he deserved more first-team opportunities than he was given under Wenger.

"I played for six months, I scored goals, I was decisive," the Morocco international argued. "In January [2011], Robin (Van Persie) returned from injury and overnight, I landed on the bench without justification," he said.

"It is clear that I am a little annoyed at [Wenger] because I think I deserved more playing time than what I was given.

"As the year began, at the start of the season, he told me that we might change tactics and maybe I would be able to play up front with Robin.”

Andre Santos

The fact that the Brazilian’s Arsenal career is most famous for swapping shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time in a key Premier League match against Man Utd is worrying.

Santos lacked speed, positional awareness, and looked out of shape – which saw face scrutiny throughout his short spell at the Emirates.

Santos’ Gunners nightmare was finally brought to an end when the left-back returned to Brazil to join Flamengo, after a loan spell at Gremio.

Sebastien Squillaci

The central defender struggled to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League during his time at Arsenal.

The Frenchman joined the club from Sevilla in 2010, but was released in 2013 after making just 23 league appearances.

Squillaci covered for the injured Thomas Vermaelen during his first campaign with Arsenal, but the centre-back slipped down the pecking order and featured only once in the league in two seasons.

Park Chu-Young

The South Korean was on his way to Lille until he walked out of a medical after hearing that Arsenal were interested in him.

The forward was another peculiar signing under Wenger and his Arsenal career was not helped by a lack of first-team opportunities.

Park was loaned to Celta Vigo and then Watford, before leaving altogether in 2014 – after making only one Premier League appearance for the Gunners.

Amaury Bischoff

It seems as if Bischoff’s spell at Arsenal was over almost as soon as it had begun.

Wenger himself described the signing of the midfielder as a “gamble” due to his countless knee problems.

One season and one cameo appearance later and Bischoff was on his way out of the club.

Bischoff later reflected on his Arsenal career in an exclusive interview with Goal, where he revealed that he left the club after a lack of playing time.

"It wasn't easy [to decide to leave], because I was injured," Bischoff said. "But I came back and gave it my all. Then the question came up whether to stay or to leave.

"I talked to Wenger and then we decided that it might be better to leave the club because I wanted go play more games for the first team.”

Francis Jeffers

“Fox in the Box” Jeffers never lived up to his name in the slightest at Arsenal.

At previous club Everton, Jeffers was seen as one of the brightest prospects in English football, but all that optimism fell flat on its face under Wenger.

Constant injury problems got in the way of the striker’s development and the striker exited the club without leaving his mark after four disappointing seasons.

Lucas Perez

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Flop Perez arrived from Spain with high hopes after netting 24 times in 59 appearances for Deportivo.

Unfortunately though, this was not mirrored in England and the Spaniard managed just one Premier League goal during his only season at the Gunners.

Perez’s Gunners nightmare was brought to an end when West Ham signed the forward after a season-long loan back in Spain with Deportivo.

After failing to convince then Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, Perez returned to Spain with Alaves but has recently had his contract terminated by the club.

Ryo Miyaichi

While Perez will be remembered as a failure, Miyaichi probably won’t even be remembered at all.

That’s largely because the Japanese midfielder appeared once in the Premier League for Arsenal, despite spending four seasons at the Emirates.

Miyachi’s time in north London consisted of no fewer than five loan spells – including at Bolton and Wigan Athletic – when both were competing in the Premier League.

Wellington Silva

While some waited months or even years to make their club debut, others never made theirs at all.

A series of work permit issues got in the way of Silva's career at Arsenal during the six seasons he spent at the club.

It took four years for the work permit issues to sort, but the Brazilian winger didn’t play anyway.

Six loan spells later, Silva re-joined boyhood club Fluminense after an almost non-existent career at Arsenal.

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