The myth that when players leave Arsenal they do not do well is not as true as it might seem. It was bandied about as fact when Petit, Overmars and Anelka left, but they were replaced with winners in Gilberto, Pires and Henry. Since 2005 and our last trophy, the regular players that have left have won trophies; among the players and trophies are
Vieira Serie As, FA Cup
Henry Champs League, La Liga
Ashley Cole Premierships, FA Cup
Campbell FA Cup
Lauren FA Cup
Kanu FA Cup
Adebayor Copa Del Raye
Flamini Serie A
Diarra La Liga, FA Cup
A number of others went on to have successful and productive careers including Gilberto Captain of Brazil, Jens Lehman and Robert Pires.
Does this tell us that we jettisoned winners, or that they went to better clubs? Hard to say but the facts are there in the Trophies won columns. I think the truth is that from being a club that replaced like for like, we have been a club in the last half decade who have replaced winners with also rans.