Well Philippe Senderos has gone and it looks like William Gallas is on his toes too.
Its a shame really because I feel that both should have become Arsenal legends.
The truth is the closest they ever came to becoming icons at the club was wearing the shirt numbers of former idols Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp.
Big things were expected of Senderos and Gallas when both signed for Arsenal but neither really hit the heights expected of them.
In Philippe's case he is a confidence player and to be honest that confidence was continually beaten out of him either by being over-looked for first team action when in form or by Didier Drogba.
It wouldn't surprise me if Senderos has nightmares about Drogba. He had plenty against him on the pitch.
It's funny that in this day and age we judge players so early in their careers. Back in the day players like Senderos were given a lot more time and more leeway when making mistakes.
Look at Tony Adams in his early days. He wasn't called a donkey for no reason.
The difference is that Adams had the character and self-belief to overcome the criticism and become one of the biggest figure heads in Arsenal's history. Senderos hasn't got that.
To me, Phillipe Senderos has got great ability and had his mental strength met that natural talent then we could have had a player who became even better than Tony Adams.
Unfortunately Arsenal Football Club is too big for someone like Phillipe. Fulham will be a better level for him and I expect him to do well there.
I'd like to add that people often forget that he took Cesc Fabregas under his wing and helped the Spaniard settle into London. I think he deserves a lot of credit for that.
I wish Senderos well. In his case there will always be that question of 'what could have been'.
William Gallas is a different kettle of fish.
When the Frenchman signed I was ecstatic to be honest and I truthfully believed that we got a better deal than Chelsea did in the Gallas-Cole swap deal. Especially when we received £5m too!
Looking back at his time with us I'd have to say its been a bit of roller coaster ride for him. Despite this people will know that I love Gallas and rate him very highly. Always have and always will.
I'll admit though that I thought the move would have had more success. Especially on the trophy front.
When he was announced as captain I thought at the time it was a good move. He was a winner and he could only lead Arsenal to silverware.
It didn't pan out that way.
The captaincy was taken from him in controversial style. I don't actually think he did a lot wrong. When criticising the squad he only said what a lot of us were thinking wasn't he?
Would there had been so much uproar had Cesc Fabregas said the same?
I think regarding William Gallas he wasn't really given a chance at Arsenal. He was never popular with Gooners but there are times when he didn't really endear himself to many of us.
Especially the Birmingham incident.......And surprise. I defended him then too!
What went wrong with Gallas? He should have become a legend. He is a world-class defender and I'm gutted to see him go.
The man should look back at his time with Arsenal and as in Senderos' case think 'what might have been'.
Maybe if his attitude had been a little better there would be more Gooners out there, like me, who are disappointed with him leaving the club with no silverware and really as a bit of an outcast.
It should have been a whole lot better for both.
Lets hope that the next players who grace the prestigious numbers 6 and 10 fare better than their predecessors.
Keep it Goonerish...............