7 former Arsenal players you didn’t know were still playing

Rumour has it, that you’re never more than three-foot away from a one-time Arsenal ‘future sensation’, given the amount of youngsters Arsene Wenger has given a few minutes to in the League Cup.

This trip down memory lane threw up a lot of ‘No! Surely not?!’ moments – for example, you remember Fran Merida? The guy was Cesc Fabregas 2.0, apparently, well he’s now 26 and knocking around in Segunda, somewhere.

Anyway, he didn’t make the list, because at 26, you’d expect him to still be somewhere within the beautiful game pyramid.

Alexander Hleb

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How can a man who has played for several – what look to be – made up football clubs, also have a career that consists of running out for Barcelona? Utter madness.

Julio Baptista

Never has a nickname been more apt, ‘The Beast’ was underwhelming – at best – when in north London (although Liverpool will be pleased Wenger didn’t make Baptista’s loan move a permanent one).

The former Real Madrid man is now earning bare dollars fam with Orlando City.

Amaury Bischoff

The only injury-prone player that already arrived at Arsenal with bones made of glass.

A weird gamble from Le Professeur that never worked out. And despite the fact he has ‘no knees’ the midfielder is playing for Preußen Münster – don’t need me to tell you they’re German, I’m sure!

Graham Stack

So, it’s clear, if you’ve ever played in the Premier League – no matter how fleeting or insignificant your contribution was – you’ll be able to milk one final payday. At 34, the former Arsenal ‘keeper is in the Indian Premier League with Kerala Blasters FC – Steve Coppell is the gaffer, too!

Jerome Thomas

Basically just Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Arsenal were in an era were they’d accept average players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Currently being very Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain-esque in League One for Port Vale.

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie

The king of the pointless step-over?Joined Eredivisie side, NEC, this summer, adding to the very Football Manager-esque feel to his career: Spartak Moscow, Celta Vigo, Birmingham City and Boavista, to name just four.

Arturo Lupoli

Arturo Lupoli

Awful for Arsenal, underwhelming on loan at Derby County, so naturally he got a permanent move to Fiorentina ? Needless to say he didn’t play for the Viola. Now on loan to Calcio Catania in the third tier of Italian football.