Arsenal may have a habit of producing some quality youngsters through their academy ranks, however, so many of them fall into the category of ‘what could have been’.
Introducing Gilles Sunu. Remember him at all? Well, he did not exactly have a memorable time in north London.
Having signed for a fee believed to be between £700,000 and £1million from Chateauroux in 2007 on a four-year deal (Telegraph), the Togo international failed to make a name for himself and became a rather distant memory for everyone associated with the club.
Despite being dubbed the ‘new Thierry Herny’ (talkSPORT) and making a glowing impression in the reserve side, he failed to make the grade at the senior level and did not make the most of the very limited opportunities Arsene Wenger handed him.
Scoring 4 goals in his first 9 reserve outings earned Sunu his first-team debut against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup in 2009 before being handed minutes in the Champions League against Olympiakos as a second-half substitute.
However, that was effectively the end of his Arsenal career as he found himself hampered by injuries and went on a couple of temporary switches away from the Emirates Stadium.
He joined Derby County for the second half of the 2009/10 Championship season, netting once in nine appearances, before returning to France in January 2011 with an initial loan move to Lorient before it was made permanent later that summer.
Sunu spent four years with the Ligue 1 outfit without much success in front of goal (netting eight times in 86 appearances) before Evian gave him a chance. However, that stint was short lived as he subsequently moved onto Angers just months later.
Fast forward to the present day and the 28-year-old is plying his trade for Turkish outfit BB Erzurumspor in the Super Lig, however, things are not looking rosy this season.
The minnows may have had back-to-back promotions to be playing in the country’s top-flight this season, however, it appears as though it might have been a bridge too far for them as they are staring relegation in the face.
For a man that was once considered the ‘new Thierry Henry’, things have been rather disappointing for Sunu to say the least and it appears he may have hit rock-bottom.
Arsenal fans, do you remember Sunu? What did you make of him? Let us know your thoughts below!
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