Where are they now? The last 10 Arsenal players sold by Arsene Wenger

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While Arsene Wenger often knew when to let players leave Arsenal, the manager did make a few mistakes towards the end of his reign. 

Wenger made a few questionable signings before resigning in 2017 and also sold players that he probably should have kept at the club.

We’ve looked at the last 10 players sold by Wenger to see how they’ve fared after leaving north London.

Olivier Giroud

Giroud was deemed surplus to requirements by Wenger following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at the Emirates in January 2018.

The striker was sold to Chelsea in an £12million deal and came back to haunt his former club 18 months later, scoring the opening goal in the 2019 Europa League final.

He looked set to leave Stamford Bridge in January 2020 due to a lack of game time but proved his worth in the second half of the season.


READ: Giroud recreated his finest Arsenal moment for his finest Chelsea moment

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez refused to sign a new contract at Arsenal before joining Manchester United in a now-infamous swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Despite arriving with high expectations, he failed to deliver at Old Trafford, scoring five goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.

United were so desperate to get his wages off the books that they allowed the Chile international to join Inter Milan on a free transfer in 2020.

Alexis Sanchez

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Theo Walcott

After spending 12 years at the Emirates, Walcott decided to move to Everton in January 2018 in search of regular first-team football.

The 31-year-old continues to struggle with inconsistency and has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park after failing to impress Carlo Ancelotti.

Francis Coquelin

Coquelin struggled to establish himself as a key member of the first team at the Emirates but quickly became a mainstay in the starting XI at Valencia.

He made 89 appearances across all competitions for the La Liga side, helping them beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in 2019.

The midfielder then completed a permanent move to local rivals Villarreal in 2020, where he will play under former Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal career had stalled by 2017 and the midfielder opted for a fresh challenge, joining Liverpool in a £35million deal.

“I want to thank the Arsenal fans who’ve always supported me,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told The Times in 2017. “But I can’t apologise for my decision to leave. I want to get more out of myself.

“I felt the main thing was taking myself out of my comfort zone. That’s why Liverpool shouted out for me.”

The England international recovered from a serious ligament injury to help Liverpool win their first league title in 30 years in 2019-20.

READ: The 11 players who won a trophy after leaving Arsenal in the last five years

Wojciech Szczesny

After making 181 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, a series of mistakes saw Szczesny lose Wenger’s trust.

The goalkeeper joined Juventus on a permanent deal in 2017, replacing Gianluigi Buffon as the club’s number one and winning three consecutive Serie A titles.

In Wenger’s defence, we don’t think anybody saw that coming.

Gabriel Paulista

A Brazilian centre-back called Gabriel. Why does that sound familiar?

Paulista struggled for game time ahead of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and completed a permanent move to Valencia in the summer of 2017.

The defender rediscovered his best form at the Mestalla and has recently been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

Serge Gnabry

Arsenal are definitely regretting this one.

After a failed loan move to West Brom, Gnabry joined Werder Bremen permanently in 2016 before linking up with Bayern Munich one year later.

“We had prepared him for us to sign his new contract but then suddenly he wanted to go to Werder Bremen,” Wenger told beIN Sports in February 2020.

“But it was not Werder Bremen that bought him it was Munich that bought him. Because six months or less than one year later he moved from Bremen to Bayern but it was a done deal before.

“He was at the end of his contract and we thought that he would stay because he told he would stay.”

The 25-year-old has since developed into one of the best wingers in the world, helping the Bundesliga side complete a treble-winning season in 2019-20.

READ: Where are they now? The six wingers Tony Pulis preferred to Serge Gnabry

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs came through the ranks at Arsenal but joined West Brom in 2017 after falling behind Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac in the pecking order.

The left-back helped the Baggies secure promotion back to the Premier League in 2019-20 but has been plagued by injury problems in recent seasons.

Wellington Silva

After being repeatedly shipped off on loan, Silva returned to his native Brazil with Fluminense in 2016 having never made a competitive appearance for Arsenal.

The Gunners looked set to activate his buy-back clause before selling him to Bordeaux for a small profit in 2017 but the deal collapsed when he failed his medical with the Ligue 1 side.

He ultimately remained with Fluminense and made his 100th appearances for the club in August 2020, having also spent a season on loan with Internacional.

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