When all is said and done, it’s fair to say that the Unai Emery era will not exactly be looked back on with fondness by Arsenal fans.
After 22 years at the helm, Arsene Wenger was always going to be a tough act to follow, even with the struggles and frustrations of latter years at the club.
In the end, Emery was given just a year and a half in north London, with the Spaniard being given the boot at the end of last year to be replaced by Mikel Arteta.
But he still had his impact in north London. During his brief reign, he attempted to rebuild a stagnant squad and shifted on some players to make room for new arrivals like Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz.
Here’s a look at what some of the players Emery sold have been up to since.
Arsenal fans were heartbroken to see Santi Cazorla leave in July 2018 but there was little they could do after the Spaniard asked to be released from his contract after injuries meant he had not played for the Gunners in nearly two years.
Since returning to Villarreal, Gooners have watched on in a mix of jealousy and delight as Cazorla has recaptured his old form and even earned a re-call to the Spanish national team.
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Another player released at the beginning of the Emery era, Jack Wilshere joined West Ham on a free transfer following the expiration of his Arsenal contract.
But the 28-year-old has yet to have an impact in his nearly two seasons in east London, starting just six Premier League games for the Hammers in that time.
Brentford benefitted from another lapsed Arsenal contract as they signed Josh Dasilva on a free transfer in August 2018.
The 21-year-old has become a regular in the Bees’ midfield since, making 35 appearances in total this season as Brentford sit fourth in the Championship.
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Once tipped to be the next big thing at Arsenal, Emery let Jeff Reine-Adelaide walk for just £2million when he made his loan move to Angers a permanent one in the summer of 2018.
After an impressive first full season in western France, Reine-Adelaide was sold to Lyon in a deal worth £24million. The 22-year-old has made 11 starts in Ligue 1 for his new team, who sit 7th in the table.
He never made it at the Emirates but Chuba Akpom still managed to become an Invincible after joining PAOK ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The Greek side won their first league title in 34 years, not losing a single game along the way. As for Akpom, he scored the only goal in the final of the Greek Cup to deliver the double.
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Spanish forward Lucas Perez followed Wilshere in making the short trip from north London to the East End as he joined up with his old teammate at West Ham in a £4million switch.
But he failed to establish himself at the London Stadium and was shipped off to Deportivo Alaves the following year. Since returning to La Liga, he has scored 11 goals in 26 appearances as Alaves sit 14th in the table.
After six loans in seven years, Joel Campbell’s Arsenal career finally came to an end when he was sold to Italian side Frosinone in 2018.
The Costa Rican winger made just 11 starts before being shipped off on loan to Mexican outfit Leon for 18 months after failing to score in any of his Serie A appearances.
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Another player who made the headlines with some blistering pre-season performances as a youngster, the Gedion Zelalem hype train had firmly come to a halt by the time Emery showed up on the scene.
After failing to make a senior appearance for the Gunners in over two years, the American was allowed to join MLS side Sporting Kansas City for free in March 2019 before signing for New York City on another free transfer a year later.
Perhaps the most controversial departure under Emery, Aaron Ramsey signed for Juventus on a free transfer last summer after his contract expired with the Gunners.
The Welshman has made just 12 starts for the Old Lady in all competitions as Juve sit atop the Serie A table with football on hold.
The break could not have come at a worse time for Ramsey, who looked to have finally made a breakthrough in Italy after scoring one goal and assisting another in a 2-0 defeat of Inter during the final round of fixtures before football was suspended in Italy.
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Arsenal also allowed Danny Welbeck to walk away for nothing last summer and the 29-year-old made the short trip across London Colney to Watford.
He has made a total of ten appearances for the Hornets since arriving, half of those starts, with the opening strike in a 2-1 League Cup win over Swansea last September his only goal for his new club.
Having arrived at the Emirates to be a steady hand in the Arsenal defence, Stephan Lichtsteiner departed in the summer of 2019 just a year after he arrived.
The Swiss defender joined German side Augsburg, where he has featured in 17 of the team’s 25 Bundesliga matches as they sit five points clear of the relegation zone in 14th.
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After spending Emery’s first season out on loan at Napoli, David Ospina made his move permanent last summer.
The Colombian has split time with 23-year-old Alex Meret, with 10 of his 15 appearances this season coming since the New Year.
Despite never making a Premier League appearance for the Gunners, many fans were disappointed to see Krystian Bielik leave the club permanently when he joined Derby County for around £10million.
The 22-year-old, who won his first senior international cap for Poland in September, has started around half of Derby’s league matches this season, with the Rams sitting five points off the playoff places in the Championship.
You would be forgiven for forgetting Takuma Asano was ever an Arsenal player as the Japanese forward never actually played a game for the Gunners due to issues with his work permit.
The club decided to cut its losses when Partizan Belgrade came knocking in August of last year and the 25-year-old has repaid their faith with just three goals in his 20 league appearances – though he scored twice in the Europa League group stages as the Serbian side were eliminated.
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Arsenal fans have experience with seeing club captains leave but it still came as a shock when Laurent Koscielny refused to take part in the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the USA in order to push through a £4.6million move to Bordeaux.
Since returning to France, the 34-year-old has been a regular in the Bordeaux side but has been unable to inspire them sufficiently, as they currently sit 12th in Ligue 1.
It was a little disappointing that Carl Jenkinson never made the grade at Arsenal but there were few complaints when the life-long Gunners fan was sold to Nottingham Forest.
The 27-year-old has barely featured for the Championship side after suffering an ankle injury at the end of August which saw him out of action until January. He has made just seven appearances all season, with three of those coming in 2020.
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There was a mix of disappointment and surprise when Arsenal sold Alex Iwobi to Everton in a deal that could rise as high as £34million last August.
At the moment, if feels like the Gunners have got the better of that deal as Iwobi has scored just once in 18 appearances for the Toffees while the likes of Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson have seen more chances in the Arsenal first team.
A few eyebrows were raised when Emery allowed Nacho Monreal to walk on transfer deadline day last August as he joined Real Sociedad.
The Spaniard scored on his competitive debut for his new side in a 2-0 defeat of Atletico Madrid and has lined out in 20 of Real Sociedad’s 27 league games this season, with the team currently sitting in fourth and on course for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
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