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Though not an individual footballer, Arsenal players heralding the No. 9 jersey of past years warrant a place on this list due to numerous yet obvious reasons.
First, it starts with Davor Suker, brought into the squad by Arsene Wenger and coming with an enormous reputation for being lethal in front of goal. The Croatian rose to prominence during 1998's FIFA World Cup, in which he finished top scorer and secured the prestigious Golden Boot award.
Unfortunately for Suker, a certain Frenchman with the name of Thierry Henry also began to find some form that very campaign, meaning the Croatian with an enormous attitude only really lasted one full season in North London.
In all, a disappointing return of eight goals plus the misfortune of starting an Arsenal career at the same time as Henry warrants him a place on this list.
Then there's Francis Jeffers, the English striker who earned the nickname as "fox in the box." Needless to say, he was known for his goal scoring prowess, specifically his predatory instincts in the box.
Jeffers was a player who arrived at Arsenal with significant potential—as also acknowledged by Arsene Wenger—but failed to live up to the heights with the club originally predicted for him.
He only managed four goals in three seasons with the Gunners, and eventually left for Charlton. Unfortunately for the Englishman, things just continued to spiral downwards from then on, as he was unable to establish himself on any level. He can now be found plying his trade with obscure Australian outfit Newcastle United Jets.
Of course, the most recent victim of Arsenal's "No. 9 jersey curse" was Croatian Eduardo da Silva. Arriving at North London with no reputation at all, Eduardo quickly established himself as a fan favourite by way of his precise finishes and eye for goal. It seemed at that time that for once, Arsene Wenger found the perfect player to fill the No. 9 jersey.
Unfortunately for Arsenal and of course the player himself, a reckless stomp in a March 2008 league fixture by Birmingham's Martin Taylor effectively ended his season, and arguably Arsenal career for good.
He never seemed to recover from then on, though he did manage to score a few more goals for the club. His confidence seemed shattered, and he seemed a player distant from the one who originally arrived at the club.
Eduardo can now be found playing with Ukrainian outfit Shaktar Donetsk.
(The exception to this slide is obviously Nikolas Anelka, as he managed to enjoy a successful tenure at the club before being sold to Real Madrid.)