Top Arsenal stars that moved to Barcelona highs and lows

May 19, 2010 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box 
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Fabregas may have announced his desire to join La Liga giants Barcelona but as we know from the past a move to Barca can always backfire on players.

Thierry Henry

After a £10million transfer from Juventus in 1999 Henry went on to become an Arsenal legend, helping the Gunners win two league titles and three FA Cups.

After eight years at the club, including two as captain, Henry made a surprise exit to join Barcelona in 2007 for a €24million fee.

Despite becoming the club’s top scorer in his first season and winning the unprecedented sextuple in 2009, Henry has since stated he misses life ‘back home’.

It now seems that Henry may be destined to join David Beckham in America’s MLS, playing for the New York Red Bulls.

Emmanuel Petit

Petit rejoined former manager Arsene Wenger 1997, pairing up with Patrick Vieira at the heart of the Gunners midfield.

After winning a Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first season – not to mention scoring a goal to win the World Cup final for France in 1998, Petit went on to play for two more seasons before joining Barcelona in 2000.

Petit only lasted a single season with the Catalan giants, suffering a series of injuries, before joining Chelsea in 2001.

Petit was eventually released on a free transfer in 2004 before announcing his retirement in January 2005.

Aleksandr Hleb

A €17million transfer took Hleb to Barcelona in 2008, though his time with the Spanish club only saw the attacking midfielder make five starts in La Liga.

In 2009 Hleb expressed his regret at leaving the north London club, stating: ‘I regret my move from London, but unfortunately nothing can be done about it now.’

Hleb left Barcelona on loan to former club VfB Stuttgart in 2009.

Marc Overmars

Despite a serious knee injury, Wenger signed Overmars for £5.5m in 1997 from Ajax.

He went on to score 25 goals in 101 appearances for Arsenal before joining Barcelona in 2000 for a record transfer fee of £25million.

Overmars eventually retired after four years at Barcelona, registering just 15 goals in 99 appearances, before returning to the Netherlands to rejoin his first club, the Go Ahead Eagles, as technical manager.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Following an injury that scuppered his debut season at the Nou Camp, Van Bronckhorst eventually moved to Barcelona on loan in 2003.

After signing a three-year deal in 2004, Van Bronckhorst helped Barca win La Liga in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons, as well as the 2006 Champions League title.

In 2007 he joined Feyenoord, though recently announced his intentions to retire following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

might be best staying at the arsenal, remember what the manager said back in april  “Cesc Fabregas would be taking a backwards step if he joined Barcelona” hear the live radio report from the bbc


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