There is a feeling amongst many Arsenal fans that the Gunners are not experienced enough, and have not replaced last season's departures. Has the time come for Arsene Wenger to contemplate welcoming back some of their deserters? Most of the players who have recently left Arsenal, with the possible exception of Thierry Henry who seems to have regained his form, are struggling to break into their new team, or simply don't fit in. Perhaps it's time Wenger brought them back. I have created a list of players who could return and improve this Arsenal side.
Should Arsene Wenger contemplate taking back his former employees?
With Arsenal being overrun in midfield, and in desperate need of some muscle, Patrick Vieira could be just what is needed, even if only temporarily. Vieira has not had the best of times in Serie A and bringing him back might be just the tonic Arsenal need. His influence could also improve the enigma that is Abou Diaby.
The Dancer. Aliaksandr Hleb will be the first to admit that leaving The Emirates was tantamount to career suicide. At the time, the move seemed to make sense for him. Not only was his playing style likely to gel with Barcelona's, but he stood a better chance of winning trophies with the Catalan giants.
But alas, the move failed to take his career to another level. Though Arsenal have, to an extent, managed to find his replacement in Theo Walcott, no-one can doubt that Hleb's creative brain provided more than the direct play the young Englishman currently gives. With Theo out injured, and Hleb fast becoming a seat incubator at Barcelona, Arsenal might do worse than buy him on the cheap and make him a valuable squad member.
But would Arsene Wenger forgive him?
Yet another Arsenal export who went gaga for money and wasted his talent. Had Mathieu Flamini stayed, Arsenal might have been challenging for honours. Pity Flamini, who left Arsenal as he was breaking into the French squad, will never fully realise his potential.
The older, experienced, Italian midfield of AC Milan has made it hard for Flamini to get a look in. Gattuso will never be replaced, nor Ambrosini, and he can forget about Pirlo.
Do Arsenal need him? Yes. Should they sign him? Judging by the manner in which he left, it's possible that he might do that again. Who said employees don't have ambitions? Then again, Arsenal should get Flamini on the cheap and add to their squad, it surely won't be as bad as his time at AC Milan.
So should we get them? Gooners—you decide.