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Bad Omen for Hector Bellerin: Most Transfers from Arsenal to Barcelona are a Mess

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With notable exceptions

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Barcelona are understood to be lining up a move for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, which could end up being quite costly. Barcelona frequently buy up players from the Gunners, but they usually flame out.

Marc Overmars

Signed for a king’s ransom at the time, Overmars was a very talented footballer who struggled with injuries and never replicated his good Arsenal form.

Emanuel Petit

The World Cup winner never really found his role at Barça, where Pep Guardiola still played in his usual spot. His signing was considered a disappointment.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Finally, a good buy. Gio was not costly but was a reliable starter, helping Frank Rijkaard’s team to a Champions League final win over Arsenal.

Thierry Henry

The last real hit. Henry was a club legend at Arsenal, but it was at Barcelona where he won his Champions League medal, as part of a devastating front three alongside Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi.won his Europ

Aliaxsandr Hleb

Hleb never played much for Barcelona despite costing a decent amount of money, and he went on to play for random clubs. A total, total miss.

Cesc Fabregas

Perhaps the most controversial of the list, Cesc got on well with his teammates and played a lot under Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, and Tata Martino. However, he never really found his best position and his time in the team is sandwiched by CL wins he was not a part of.

Alex Song

Just the typical Arsenal to Barcelona signing here. Song was bought after arguably his best season, for a decent amount of money. but again, never really found his place in the team. His performances left a lot to be desired, and he was unceremoniously shipped off by Luis Enrique.

Thomas Vermaelen

Vermaelen was signed to provide “immediate impact” to Barcelona’s defense, but he ended up not even playing in his first season due to injury. For a spell in his second season he looked all right, but then injury or poor form prevented him from staking a permanent role and he was shipped out quickly after.