Under his watch, Arsene Wenger has let a host of talented players leave Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger may well follow the lead of these players and leave Arsenal in the summer
In more than 20 years in charge of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has sold an awful lot of players and many have come back to haunt him.
The list is so long that the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Patrick Viera and Marc Overmars do not even make this team - never mind Carlos Vela - but here it is: a Wenger departed XI...
Far from the most high-profile man on this list, Wright never really fulfilled his potential having originally been bought by Arsenal with a view to being David Seaman’s successor.
He left after just one season, aged 24, in search of regular football and ended up bouncing round a number of clubs before finally retiring last summer.
Thomas Vermaelen has been plagued by injuries
The first of four players poached by Barcelona, injuries meant Vermaelen fell down the pecking order following Per Mertesacker’s arrival and he left for £15 million after being an unused substitute in the 2014 FA Cup triumph.
In two seasons at Camp Nou he made only 11 league appearances and is now on loan at Roma.
Having established himself as one of the better holding midfielders in the Premier League, Song was sold to Barcelona two years before Vermaelen and likewise struggled.
West Ham chose not sign Alex Song permanently despite two loan spells
He never really suited the Catalans’ style, often playing in defence, and two loan spells at West Ham later he is now plying his trade in Russia.
With the Ivorian becoming something of a comedy figure in recent times, it is easy to forget just how good he was for Arsenal.
Along with Ashley Cole, he is one of the select group of players to have won the Premier League with two different clubs.
Cole’s transfer to Chelsea led to him, the Blues and Jose Mourinho receiving record fines after being found guilty of tapping up, but in the long run they will say it was worth it.
Fans will not like to admit it, but Arsenal missed out on the prime years of arguably England’s best player of the 21st century.
Ashley Cole called time on his international career in 2014
He joined Arsenal have struggled to get a game at Chelsea, but the same fate befell him so he moved again to Portsmouth and from there he went to Real Madrid before a spell in Russia.
He is now 32 and a free agent but you wonder what might have been had he been afforded more opportunities by Arsenal because he was, and still is, an incredibly talented midfielder who only missed out on last summer’s European Championships because of injury.
With Spain, Cesc Fabregas has won the Euros twice as well as a World Cup
He remains the most expensive player Arsenal have ever sold – a record Alexis Sanchez may well eclipse this summer – and his transfer back to the club he left as a 16-year-old he a drawn-out affair.
The biggest bone of contention remains whether Arsenal should have activated their option of first refusal on him in 2014.
They did not, instead signing Mesut Ozil who is one year younger, and Fabregas is about to win a second league title with Chelsea.
Another who joined Man City, Nasri felt he had a better chance of winning trophies there – plus bigger wages, of course – and having won the Premier League twice he will feel vindicated.
Samir Nasri is restrained after being sent off against Leicester in the Champions League
He is undoubtedly a talented player, but as he showed this week one prone to self-destruct so Arsenal may feel the £25 million received was good business.
Arsenal shocked the world of football by selling Henry to Barca in 2007 and although he wasn't so prolific in Spain he still won more trophies in three years there than in eight in England.
He eventually returned on loan, of course, in 2012, but many would say neither he or the club he left were the same after 2007.
Thierry Henry with the Premier League trophy
Henry is currently Belgium's assistant manager.
In 2009 he departed the Gunners for Manchester City, becoming one of their first marquee signings, and ran the length of the Etihad pitch to celebrate a goal in front of the visiting Arsenal fans later that season.
Quite impressively, probably the most hated player in this XI.
Arsenal fans don't like it, but this is among the most iconic celebrations in football history
Robin van Persie
When the injury-prone striker listened to the little boy inside and departed for Manchester United he became public enemy number one among Arsenal fans.
Despite a near-death experience at Swansea, the Red Devils won the Premier League in his first season at the club and, as winner of the Golden Boot for the a second year in a row, many credited him as the player who swayed it.
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