We all know Arsenal are not the big spending club as they simply dont have the financial power to compete with some of Europe's biggest fiancial powered clubs such as Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea but they have managed to pick them selves some pretty good transfers over the years such as Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Dennis Bergkamp. Arsene Wenger has also made some shocking signing's, lets take a look at them
Seb Squillaci is a defender with international experience for his national country France who currently is at Arsenal. He joined Arsenal on a 3 year contract in the summer of 2010 from Sevilla for a sum in the region of £6 million. Squillaci was a rather unknown name to many of English football fans and he fitted almost perfectly into the stero-typical 'Arsene Wenger signing' catergory. Squillaci had a decent start to his Arsenal career but this was the end of things after this his performances massively went down hill and slowly found him self on the bench or out of the squad completley. Squillaci has struggled to defend and when he rarely plays for Arsenal he often is at fault for some of the goals. Seb Squillaci has not adapted to the english game at all and this shows in all of the games he now plays in the english competitions (Premier league, FA Cup and the Carling Cup). Some fans question why he is still at the club after a dissimal first season and his time is rapidly coming to an end at the Emirates Stadium. Squillaci was often called offensive terms describing his ability at the Grove.
Mikael Silvestre was another abissimal signing by Arsene Wenger, signed from Manchester United for a low fee with a wealth of club + national experience he seemed like a decent buy. How wrong was we. Silvestre never fitted into the Arsenal team and when called upon usually did a bad job. Before moving to Arsenal, Silvestre was capped 40 times for national team, France, and had being involved in several major tournaments. That said Silvestre struggled to play the Arsenal way and was often called 'P*ss Poor' by lots of fans on the Terrace at the Emirates stadium. Arsenal's number 18 like Squillaci soon found himself on the bench more often than not and in 2010 he soon moved onto Weder Bremen.
Pascal Cygan joined the gunners in 2002 for £2 million from the French side, Lille. Pascal Cygan was a fringe player in his time at Arsenal and only managed 63 apperances in the 4 years he played there but he still managed to pick up a winners medal from the Barclays Premier League season 2003-2004 in which Arsenal went unbeaten. Cygan's signing was often questioned at the time why he was brought when Arsenal had some great defenders at the time like Tony Adams and Lee Dixon and Cygan was an unknown, lack of English game experienced player. Cygan never established himself in the Arsenal set up as he was a poor defender who lacked the ability needed to cut it in the English game.
One thing in common with all these defenders? They all wore the Number 18 shirt.