Arsenal’s woes this season make it more than likely that they will dive into the transfer market when the window reopens in January.
However, when it comes to their transactions in recent years, the Gunners haven’t always gotten the hang of it and will have to do a lot better if they decide to open the checkbook and come back under fire from Mikel Arteta.
It’s either the boom or the bust for North Londoners when it comes to newcomers with stars like Gabriel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney, and Gabriel Martinelli, hitting the ground while running.
Thomas Partey has also shown promise, although injuries are now hampering his start to life in red and white.
But for all the successes, and fans are hoping for more next month, there have been a lot of failures over the past decade in the UAE.
Some of them are still at the club as the Gunners try to rejuvenate their squad and return to the Champions League.
Boss Arteta will be on the hunt for signings to change seasons, but no transfer is a guaranteed success.
So here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the duds that Arsenal will be looking to avoid repeating in the weeks to come.
Chu-Young Park (2011) – £ 5.85million
The South Korean was up in Ligue 1 with Monaco, so it was no surprise that someone had bet on his signing.
What was a surprise, however, was that it was Arsenal and they had entered the fray just as the player looked set to confirm a deal to join Lille.
A jump to the Gunners’ level was perhaps a stretch, despite the player being highly rated.
He had scored 12 goals in all competitions in his last campaign in France, but had only managed one goal in six appearances in 2011/12 for the North Londoners.
A Celta Vigo loan did little to boost his career, and in January 2014 he will find himself in the league with Watford until the end of the season.
He would only have managed two appearances for the Hornets before being released by Arsenal later that year.
André Santos (2011) – £ 6.3million
A Brazilian left-back scoring goals always looks fun, but at the end of the day you still need to do your due diligence.
He scored, it’s true, in fact he scored in the Champions League and against Chelsea, but he didn’t do much else.
Barely the wisest move we’ve ever seen, that goes for Arsenal and Santos.
Emiliano Viviano (2013) – Loan fee of £ 900,000
After selling Vito Mannone, the third-choice keeper of the previous campaign behind Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, freed two young shooters and loaned another child called Emiliano Martinez, there was an opening in the squad.
Viviano came in, for a small fee, but he went on to make a total of zero appearances for the Gunners and then lamented his lack of action, before conceding that it had helped his development.
“I have never played in London,” he said. “I trained with different coaches with Szczesny and Fabianski. It had never happened to me to just look.
“From a competition point of view it was the lowest point, but for my growth it was the most important year that I got back on track. “
Mathieu Debuchy (2014) – £ 13.5m
It’s not the worst transfer ever, but injuries and bad luck plagued the Frenchman, who initially looked perfect for the Gunners.
In the end, during his three and a half years with Arsenal, he only made 30 appearances in all competitions.
In his first campaign alone, he missed 36 matches in all competitions due to injury issues, and they would continue to hamper him before he finally left for Saint-Etienne in 2018.
Lucas Perez (2016) – £ 18million
When the Gunners missed the signing of Jamie Vardy, who preferred to stay with Leicester than sign for them, Wenger had a plan.
Perez’s career had been a bit nomadic, with Atletico Madrid C, Rayo Vallecano, Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kiev and PAOK, before returning to Spain with Deportivo La Coruna.
With the latter he joined definitively after a season on loan and his 18 La Liga goals saved them from relegation, not only that, his style of play wasn’t too different from Vardy’s.
A quick striker, once a winger, Perez was able to get behind high defensive lines and finish confidently – a shame he only managed to score one goal in 11 Premier League appearances.
Although in all fairness he got a Champions League treble against Basel, that hasn’t stopped Arsenal from selling him for a loss of £ 14million after two years.
Granit Xhaka (2016) – £ 35million
The Swiss midfielder’s career in the Emirates has certainly been entertaining, but let’s face it, he will never be worth it.
Xhaka was brought in to add steel and leadership to a Gunners squad that lacked both, but although he brought in a vicious long-range strike, he was also a magnet for yellow and red cards.
He was, however, named captain when Laurent Koscielny left in 2019, but his side passing and sometimes pedestrian performance has often drawn criticism from fans.
Eventually everything got too tough in October 2019, he was taunted off the pitch in a home game with Crystal Palace and he reacted with anger, tell fans to “f *** off” before removing Arsenal’s jersey and heading straight down the tunnel.
A month after receiving the captain’s armband, he was stripped of it.
He experienced a kind of rebirth when Mikel Arteta first arrived at the club, but everything starts to deteriorate again …
Shkodran Mustafi (2016) – £ 36.9million
A World Cup-winning German defender who upon arrival set an unbeaten record at the start of his Arsenal career – everything was going so well.
Then, after this impressive start, came mistakes, indecision and calamity.
He has often been ridiculed by his own fans for these moments in key games but, like Xhaka, he has seen his performance improve under Arteta.
A hamstring injury during the second half of the 2019/20 season but prevented him from continuing and he now looks set to leave the club in January or for free at the end of the season.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (2018) – Exchange
When Alexis Sanchez left the Emirates for Manchester United and that pretty piano, Armenian ace Mkhitaryan came the other way in search of a new lease of life.
In his first start he got three assists against Everton and then scored against former club United and did well to start, but his form gradually declined.
He will end up on loan at Roma before joining them definitively this summer when the Gunners terminated his contract by mutual agreement.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (2018) – Free
The Swiss Express seemed like a smart signature at the time, covering Hector Bellerin.
He appeared sporadically as the Spaniard was in form but then, despite his teammate’s long-term knee injury in early 2019, he stayed on the sidelines.
Manager Emery opted to play with a back-five, while also using Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a right-back and after a year he was gone to Augsburg for free.
He would later condemn the club for its lack of leadership within the team.
Denis Suarez (2019) – Loan
A promising prospect at Man City and then Barcelona, Emery landed the Spain star to bolster his midfielder, but the decision quickly turned sour.
Due to an injury that occurred days after signing the loan, Suarez is reportedly only playing 67 minutes of Premier League action and 28 minutes in the Europa League.
It could have been a good decision but bad luck means it just didn’t work out for the midfielder, now 26 and playing for Celta Vigo.