6 former Arsenal stars you didn’t realise were still playing for obscure teams

Arsenal have a rich history: from their first title almost 100 years ago to the invincibles of the 2003/04 season.

The Gunners have also tasted European success when they ran the gauntlet to the final of the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners Cup to beat an exciting Parma side.

However, success has wained in recent years, but stars from yesteryears are still plying their trade for obscure teams.

From North America to Djibouti and back, former Emirates heroes are scattered across the globe.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at six former Arsenal players who are still lacing up their boots week-in-week-out.

Gael Clichy

The only invincible to make this list, Clichy made his Arsenal debut in 2003 alongside Cesc Fabregas, who is also still playing professionally, in the League Cup.

Clichy was a mainstay in the Arsenal lineup during the 2000s, and one of Arsene Wenger's most trusted lieutenants.

However, he moved up north to Manchester City in 2011, before eventually leaving in 2017 after spending a year under Pep Guardiola.

Clichy moved to Turkey before joining Swiss side Servette FC in 2020, where he remains.

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Alex Song

Like Clichy, Alex Song was a regular on the teamsheet during the 2000s and early 2010s.

Song left North London in 2012 when a move to Barcelona beckoned, and he has since undergone somewhat of a journeyman career.

The Cameroonian had spells back in England, Russia, and Switzerland.

However, Song is now in Africa playing for Arta/Solar7 in Djibouti, a small nation located in the horn of Africa.

Sebastian Larsson

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It's hard to believe that Sebastian Larsson was once a youngster, and the Swedish international seems to have been around since the inaugural season of the Premier League.

However, in 2001, as a 16-year-old, he joined Arsenal and went on to make three first-team appearances.

Larsson is perhaps best remembered for his spell at Sunderland between 2011 and 2017.

And at 36-years-old, Larsson is still at the top o the Swedish game with AIK, he even clocked up game time for the national side during Euro 2020 over the summer.

Henri Lansbury

There were high hopes for Henri Lansbury when he burst on the scene in 2008, and Wenger tipped him to be a 'big player'.

Like Larsson, Lansbury only made three appearances, but his performance against Tottenham in 2009 is still fondly remembered by the Gunners faithful.

However, things never quite worked out for Lansbury at Arsenal and he began to tumble down the English footballing pyramid.

Lansbury is now at Luton Town in the Championship.

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski thrilled the Emirates stadium for three years between 2012 and 2015 after making the switch from FC Koln.

And Podolski is still in the professional game; he managed to make his long-awaited move to boyhood side Górnik Zabrze.

Podolski, who is Polish-born, moved to Germany to chase his dream of football, eventually culminating with his switch to the German national side.

"It’s my dream to finish my footballing career playing for Górnik. Górnik Zabrze is the team I support in my Polish homeland."

Santi Cazorla

There was a period of time when Santi Cazorla was the sole sauce of smiles at the Emirates stadium.

However, his momentum was derailed by an injury that almost closed the door on his football career, and his ability to walk with fears he may lose his leg.

Fortunately, Cazorla was able to return, but his career at Arsenal didn't last too much longer.

The Spaniard is now in Qatar on the books of Al Sadd.

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