With Arsene Wenger announcing earlier this week that he will be stepping down at the end of the season, we take a look at the African players that have had the chance to work under him at Arsenal. In total 42 African players have had the honor of working with the Frenchman during his tenure at the London based club.
Some of these players have represented non-African nations at youth level but were never called up at senior level thus making them eligible to play for their countries of origin in Africa. Unfortunately no Kenyan has played for Arsenal though Arsene Wenger has been a long term admirer of Kenyan star Victor Wanyama who turns out for rivals Tottenham.
East & Central Africa
He has managed five east African players during his time at Arsenal. With only Alfred Mugabo representing his national team at senior level.
Chris KIWOMYA (1996-1998) Uganda Fabrice MUAMBA (2005-2007) DR Congo
Alfred MUGABO (2007-2014) Rwanda Martin ANGHA (2012-2013) DR Congo
Gedion ZELALEM (2014-2018) Ethiopia Stephy MAVIDIDI (2016-2018) DR Congo
He has worked with just two players from the Southern part of the continent, both are still Arsenal youth team players.
Joshua DA SILVA (2016-2018) Angola
Reiss NELSON (2017-2018) Zimbabwe
During Arsene Wenger’s 22 years in charge at the Gunners, he has managed 28 West Africans most notably, Nwankwo Kanu and Alex Iwobi of Nigeria, Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor, and Ivorian center back Kolo Toure and the clubs record signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.
Christopher WREH (1997-2000) Liberia Nwankwo KANU (1999-2004) Nigeria
Kaba DIAWARA (1999) Guinea Guy DEMEL (2000-2001) Ivory Coast
LAUREN (2000-2006) Cameroon Sebastian SVARD (2000-2006) Ghana
Kolo TOURE (2002-2009) Ivory Coast Quincy OWUSU-ABEYIE (2003-2006) Ghana
Emmanuel EBOUE (2004-2011) Ivory Coast Alex SONG (2005-2012) Cameroon
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (2006-2009) Togo Armand TRAORE (2006-2011) Mali
Emmanuel FRIMPONG (2011-2014) Ghana Abu OGOGO (2007-2009) Ghana
Francis COQUELIN (2008-2018) Senegal Gilles SUNU (2009-2011) Togo
GERVINHO (2011-2013) Ivory Coast Daniel BOATENG (2010-2014) Ghana
Chuks ANEKE (2010-2014) Nigeria Zak ANSAH (2011-2014) Ghana
Chuba AKPOM (2013-2018) Nigeria Alex IWOBI (2015-2018) Nigeria
Yaya SANOGO (2013-2017) Ivory Coast Semi AJAYI (2013-2015) Nigeria
Glen KAMARA (2015-2017) Sierra Leone Marc BOLA (2016-2018) Nigeria
Pierre Emerick AUBAMEYANG (2018) Gabon Edward NKETIAH (2017-2018) Ghana
Six North Africans have been given a chance by the Frenchman to put on the Arsenal uniform.
Jehad MUNTASSER (1997-1998) Libya Jeremie ALIADIERE (2001-2007) Algeria
Nacer BARAZITE (2007-2011) Morocco Marouane CHAMAKH (2010-2013) Morocco
Mohamed ELNENY (2016-2018) Egypt Ismael BENNACER (2015-2017) Algeria