Forgotten ex-Arsenal man scores memorable free-kick in Germany

Arsene Wenger

Amaury Bischoff, who will always be remembered as one of Arsene Wenger’s more unusual signings, netted a fine goal for Preussen Munster at the weekend.

Though he may not have been signed for the kind of significant sums that brought the likes of Jose Antonio Reyes and Andrey Arshavin to north London, Amaury Bischoff remains a figure of much amusement for Gunners fans.

Signed on a free transfer in the summer of 2008 following an injury-plagued spell at Werder Bremen, Arsene Wenger was always keen to stress that the recruitment of the Frenchman represented something of a gamble, given his injury record.

Bischoff’s time at the club would prove short but rarely sweet with the playmaker featuring just four times for the Gunners before his one-year contract at the club expired and he moved on to Portugal and yet more anonymity at Academica.

Featuring just 10 times for the Coimbra club, the midfielder moved on to Portuguese second tier outfit Aves, having opted against signing a new deal with Academica.

However after just a single year at Aves as a permanent player he was on the move again, this time returning to Germany, signing with Preussen Munster.

Now plying his trade in the German third tier, the 27-year-old Bischoff was at least able to show Arsenal fans a glimpse of what Wenger must have seen all those years ago during a 2-0 victory over Osnabruck at the weekend.

Bischoff was the star of the show for the hosts, netting a brace that included a memorable free kick.

That win put Preussen Munster top of 3.Liga and on course for promotion.

Who knows? We may not have seen the last of Bischoff yet!

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