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The June 2014 Arsenal departures, and what they achieved

Every season there are player releases from Arsenal as contracts come to an end on 30 June.   For 2014 the list was headed by Nic Bendtner who played 171 times for Arsenal, making his final appearance on Sunday 2 February 2014 at home to Crystal Palace.  He came on as a sub in the 84th minute.

He made 171 appearances scoring 47 goals, for Arsenal and also played on loan for Sunderland and Juventus.   He was at Arsenal for ten years, arriving aged 16.

Seasons Team League games League goals
2005/14 Arsenal 106 24
2006/7 Birmingham (loan) 42 11
2011/2 Sunderland (loan) 28 8
2012/3 Juventus (loan) 9 0

Also at the end of his contract is Park Ju-young one of the strangest transfers of all times at Arsenal.  He clearly didn’t look right for the team from the off and the very curious events around his transfer have been detailed in some depth on this site – see the link above.

Years Team League Games League Goals
2005/8 FC Seoul 69 23
2008/11 Monaco 91 25
2011/14 Arsenal 1 0
2012/13 Celta Vigo loan 21 3
2014 Watford loan 2 0

Kim Kallstrom and Emiliano Viviano have ended their loan spells.  Kallstrom’s was interesting because Arsenal took him when injured – but with a deal which insured that they did not have to pay his salary until he was declared fit.  Typically the press ignored  the final part of the contract.  Viviano, signed as goalkeeping cover, did not get a game.

Those four players are added to the list of Bacary Sagna (to Man City), Lukasz Fabianski (to Swansea) and Zak Ansah (to Charlton).

As always there is heartache in the academy as players who once seemed to have such potential have gone.   Chuks Aneke, Daniel Boateng, Zach Fagan and Leander Siemann have all left.

Chuks Aneke has gone to Zulte Waregem  in Belgium.  Among his loan spells he played 70 league games and scored 20 league goals for Crewe over the two seasons 2012/14.

Chuks was at Arsenal from the age of seven, and never played a league game but did play in the league cup against Shrewsbury on 20 September 2011, coming on as a 90th minute sub.

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1 comment to The June 2014 Arsenal departures, and what they achieved

  • Mark

    Isn’t it amazing that here we are on 5 August and Bendtner still does not have himself a club lined up for the new season – so much for the clubs apparantly lining up at his door! As for the Viviano loan, that was one I totally didn’t get. Why take him on a season loan and then not even give him a single minute in the first team? Was he that bad, or did the boss feel a certain amount of loyalty to the now departed Fabianski?

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