The Unforgettable: How Well Do You Remember Arsenal’s Most Obscure Signings?

Are you a true Gunner who knows everything there is to know about the club’s history? Then this trivia is the perfect challenge for you! 

While Arsenal are well-known for their shrewd activity in the market, with transfers such Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera & Cesc Fabregas, the club has also had a fair share of obscure signings throughout their history.

From players who didn’t even make a single appearance to those who were plagued by injuries or failed to meet their potential or the expectations of their transfer fees.

In this Arsenal Quiz you’ll have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the most obscure Arsenal signings in the club’s history. 

You’ll be presented with a variety of questions about these players, including their stats, transfer fees, and even their nationalities. 

So, are you ready to prove your knowledge of Arsenal’s most obscure signings? See how many of these forgotten players you can remember!

How Well Do You Remember Arsenal’s Most Obscure Signings?

#1 Which Premier League striker did Arsene Wenger sign in 2001 for 8 million, after deciding he was a better option than Ruud van Nistelrooy?

ANSWER: Francis Jeffers

#2 Which Brazilian joined in 2011 for 7 million to help fix the lack of depth left-back, but was soon-after berated for his lack of ability, pace, and decision to swap shirts with former striker Robin van Persie at half-time during a 2-1 defeat to Man United?

ANSWER: Andre Santos

#3 Which highly rated South Korean forward famously walked out of a medical with Lille after hearing Arsenal were interested in hijacking the transfer?

ANSWER: Park Chu-Young

#4 Which former attacker – dubbed as the next wonderkid of Japanese football – played 17 minutes of league football for the Gunners and was part of the 2014 FA Cup winning Arsenal squad after winning it with Wigan the year prior?

ANSWER: Ryo Miyaichi

#5 Which highly-touted French youngster signed in 2013 but never lived up to Arsene Wenger’s expectations, spending four unsuccessful years (and four unsuccessful loan spells) contracted to the Gunners?

ANSWER: Yaya Sanogo

#6 Which Latvian center-back was signed after a preseason trial to the shock of teammates who claimed he was “physically up to the mark, but simply couldn’t play football”, later featured in a 6-1 defeat to Man United and rarely featured again?

ANSWER: Igors Stepanovs

#7 Which exciting youth prospect from Japan joined in 2016 but was never able to make an appearance for the club after failing to gain a work permit?

ANSWER: Takuma Asano

#8 Which experienced France international joined in 2010 and after a disastrous first season, was replaced by Per Mertesacker the following season and dropped down the pecking order, also never appearing for France again?

ANSWER: Sebastien Squillaci

#9 Which established Ligue 1 goalkeeper joined Arsenal on a short-term contract as a replacement for injured Rami Shaaban, but failed to make a single appearance for the club before leaving in the summer?

ANSWER: Guillaume Warmuz

#10 Which Swedish midfielder joined on loan despite possessing a serious back injury that had him sidelined for the majority of his time at the club, before going on to make 4 appearances and lifting the 2013-14 FA Cup?

ANSWER: Kim Kallstrom

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of our list of 10 obscure Arsenal signings. We hope you enjoyed testing your knowledge of forgotten players and short-lived signings. Whether you knew all the answers or learned something new about the club’s history, we hope you enjoyed reliving some funny moments. Keep following the Gunners and stay tuned for more!