The curse of leaving Arsenal continues…

Gunners Alumni continue to face misfortune


Whether Arsene Wenger has developed a knack for selling players at exactly the right moment, or there is some genuine witchcraft going on, it seems that Arsenal players who move on to ‘better their careers’ don’t seem to be able to live up to expectations.

When making his home debut for Barcelona at the weekend, delicate little flower Alex Hleb was forced off the pitch with an ankle injury that will keep him out of action for three or four weeks.

Also facing misfortune during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with racing Santander at the weekend was Thierry Henry, who was left out of the squad following a disappointing display in a 1-0 defeat to La Liga newbies Numancia two weeks ago.

Continuing the trend of stars who have failed to live up to the form and success they experienced in a red and white shirt is Mathieu Flamini, who has thus far failed to set Serie A alight with Milan, who are maintaining a 100 per cent league loss record so far. Also, when the Frenchman’s former colleagues travel to the Ukraine to begin the Champions League campaign proper, he will have to settle for a UEFA Cup tie with FC Zurich.

Plenty of other stars have also experienced the post-Arsenal curse – Emmanuel Petit admits that leaving the club was the biggest mistake of his life, while Freddie Ljungberg is currently being forced to spend his days walking around New York with beautiful women, as no one wishes to employ him.

Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Gio van Bronkhorst (who defeated his former team in the 2006 Champions League final) have managed to forge careers away from Wenger’s particular brand of football, yet Emmanuel Adebayor should probably be thankful that his summer fax correspondence with Milan didn’t prove more fruitful.

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