Just like there have been a number of great signings for Arsenal women over the last decade, there have been a few stinkers too, so here are my top 6 worst Arsenal women signings from that period.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: England Women footballer Fara Williams poses after she received her Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Ansell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: England Women footballer Fara Williams poses after she received her Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Ansell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

I should note that the players in this list are good or, in some cares, very good players, but unfortunately it just did not work out for them at Arsenal and that is all they are being judged on here.

Top 6 worst Arsenal women signings this decade

6Christie Murray

NICE, FRANCE – JUNE 09: Jill Scott of England in action with Christie Murray of Scotland during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice on June 9, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Murray at Arsenal was just a mystery. There was a lot of talk about how well she was doing in training during her time at the club, but she did not make many first-team appearances.

It was hard to know how good she actually was and she left as much of an enigma as she had arrived after being signed by Shelley Kerr.

5Anouk Hoogendijk

VAXJO, SWEDEN – JULY 11: Anouk Hoogendijk of Netherlands runs with the ball during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 group B match at Vaxjo Arena on July 11, 2013 in Vaxjo, Sweden. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The Dutch defender had a good pedigree and had been quite successful with Bristol Academy before signing for Arsenal.

Obviously, a big name in the women’s football world, she did not produce much while at the club with limited game time and quickly returned to Holland.

Another player who did not show the best of her ability at Arsenal.

4Shinobu Ohno

MARUGAME, JAPAN – MAY 24: Shinobu Ohno of Japan in action during the MS&AD Nadeshiko Cup 2015 women’s soccer international friendly match between Japan and New Zealand at Kagawa Prefectural Marugame Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Marugame, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

A World Cup winner with Japan but a top player who did not adapt to the game in England.

Ohno was a world class play-maker but seemed to struggle to adapt to the FA WSL as much as she struggled in the D1 Feminine while at Lyon.

She could have taken the play-making mantle when Kim Little left for Seattle but that, unfortunately, did not happen.

3Yukari Kinga

SHEPPARTON, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 30: Yukari Kinga of Melbourne City celebrates with fans during the round three W-League match between Melbourne City and Adelaide United at John McEwan Reserve on November 30, 2019 in Shepparton, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Another 2011 World Cup winner with Japan. Another top player who did not seem to adapt to the FA WSL and the club. It is another mystery as to why things did not work out for either Kinga or Ohno.

Kinga, who won the World Cup playing superbly at right-back, never played a competitive game in that position for Arsenal.

The only time I saw her played in the right position was during post-season friendlies in Japan when she was about to transfer back home.

2Asisat Oshoala

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Asisat Oshoala of Barcelona speaks to a match day mascot ahead of the Pre Season Friendly match between Arsenal and Barcelona at Meadow Park on August 14, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Another player who came in with a big reputation and did not deliver often enough.

Luckily, she was sold to Dalian in China where she earned good wages.

There was a lot of hype around Oshoala after a successful FIFA u20 World Cup and she was nominated for numerous awards.

But things did not work out at Arsenal.

I don’t know if her playing style did not fit with what the club was looking for, but it seemed that she did not work hard enough at times.

I still remember Sunderland away where all the subs would have to do a few lengths post-match and she was clearly not interested in doing it properly, unlike the other players.

We certainly did not see the best of her during her stint.

1Fara Williams

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 14: Fara Williams of Arsenal holds off Fran Kirby of Chelsea during the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final between Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Williams was supposed to be a top signing coming from Liverpool.

An experienced defensive midfielder, very strong technically, she was one of the top Lionesses players in her prime.

It really did work out at all.

Off-field issues were a distraction during her time at the club. There were also allegations she was giving a new signing, whose confidence looked shot during the Spring Series, a really hard time in training.

That player later turned out to be a superb signing once Williams left the club.

Williams’ time at Arsenal was a major disappointment and she was shipped to Reading when the club had to make a choice between Jemma Rose and her.

It led to the now infamous handshake incident between the two players at a Reading away game with Williams refusing to shake Rose’s hand.

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