The transfer window is now closed but there are a few former Arsenal men still seeking a new home.
Jack Wilshere was unable to complete a move to Serie B side Como 1907 because of his non-EU passport, leaving him as a free agent following his release by Bournemouth at the end of the season.
When people talk about Brexit’s impact they generally speak about it impacting players coming into the Premier League, but it has also stopped Jack Wilshere finding a new club. Funny how it works both ways.
Wilshere has been in Italy, training with Como, as he looks for a new home following his release by Bournemouth. Still only 29, Wilshere is not ready to give up on his playing days just yet.
Unable to find a suitable club in England, Wilshere was happy to move abroad, but now that the UK are no longer in the EU, things get much more complicated.
Wilshere signed for Bournemouth in January after being released by West Ham in October and spending a few months without a club.
The midfielder made 18 appearances for Bournemouth in his second spell there, starting nine and playing the full 90 just once. He scored two and grabbed one assist.
Wilshere didn’t suffer one injury during his short spell back on the south coast but was released at the end of the season anyway.
Earlier this year, Yaya Sanogo admitted that he still tracks Arsenal’s results every week, even though it’s been four years since he left the club for Toulouse.
The 28-year-old was released by Huddersfield in the summer after signing a short-term contract with them in February after being without a club for seven months.
Sanogo made just nine appearances for Huddersfield, averaging around 55 minutes per game and picking up neither a goal nor assist.
The most recent reports from Turkey claim Sanogo could be on the verge of signing for Caykur Rizespor.
Samir Nasri hasn’t retired, that anyone is aware of, but hasn’t had a club since he was released by Anderlecht in July, 2020, 14 months ago.
Now 34, the story goes that Anderlecht were set to sack Nasri after his behaviour during the start of the pandemic but a few months before that their sporting director admitted he regretted signing the former Arsenal and Manchester City player.
“If I had to do it again, would we have signed Samir Nasri? With what we know now, no,” Michael Verschueren told Proximus. “We’re very worried about Nacer Chadli’s calf injury. If we had known about it, we might have acted differently. We’ve been unlucky. We wanted him to play more. You can get injured once, but for a second time, it’s not positive.
In all, Nasri played just eight times for Anderlecht as he tore his hamstring and then suffered adductor problems.
Dan Crowley once said he believed he could be one of the best number 10s in the world but now the 24-year-old is without a club, two years after saying he felt he was good enough to still be at Arsenal.
The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan from Birmingham City with Hull City, his ninth club.
Crowley never made a senior appearance for Arsenal after signing from Aston Villa in 2013 and arriving with high expectations. He played for the u18s three times, the u19s 11 and the u23s 36 times.
In total, despite still being only 23, Crowley has played for Willem II, Birmingham City (twice), SC Cambuur-Leewarden, Go Ahead Eagles, Barnsley, and Oxford United as well as Aston Villa’s u18s and Willem II’s u21s and, of course, Hull City.
Birmingham paid £750,000 for Crowley in 2019 and, although he showed promise in his first season, he failed to convince Blues’ boss, Aitor Karanka, that he should be a regular member of the starting XI.
Even though Crowley’s loan at Hull helped the Tigers to secure promotion back to the Championship and saw him pick up a League One winners’ medal, the Birmingham Post do not believe Crowley will be offered a new deal with Hull and is on Birmingham’s list of players being released.
“I know Dan’s out of contract, but there’s going to be clubs sniffing around him,” said Hull boss Grant McCann. “He may want to play on a more regular basis.”
Hull were said to favour other signings in his position after a loan spell that saw him start well but gradually spend more time on the bench. Crowley started just six of his 22 appearances.