As Vieira returns to Arsenal, six stars have left Premier League clubs after promoting kit.


Patrick Viera returns to Arsenal for the first time as manager, and fans remember the Frenchman leaving in 2005 despite modelling the new kit, but he wasn’t the only star to do so

Transfers are a very influential part of football, and extremely exciting from a neutral’s perspective, but it’s a very different, emotional experience when it comes to the club you support.

Although it can be exciting when a new star arrives, it can be heartbreaking when a beloved player departs, and what can be even more frustrating is when that star is seen modelling a new kit for the upcoming season before completing a transfer.

This is something that Arsenal fans experienced in 2005, as Patrick Vieira was seen promoting the Gunners’ new kit, but left for Juventus later that window despite luring supporters into a false sense of security that he was going to stay.

Vieira returns to Arsenal for the first time as manager on Monday as Crystal Palace travel to the Emirates, and the Frenchman is expected a heroes welcome by the north London crowd despite the unexpected exit back in 2005.

Here Brinkwire Sport take a look a six stars who quit their clubs despite promoting new kit…

Vieira signed for Arsenal in 1996 after famously admitting it was because Arsene Wenger was also joining the club, and the Frenchman made himself a legend for his service to the Gunners.

The midfielder won three Premier League’s and four FA Cup’s with Arsenal but attracted major interest after captaining his side to the only ever ‘invincible’ season during the 2003/04 campaign.

After fending off original interest from Real Madrid, Arsenal sold Vieira to Juventus in 2005 after the midfielder had already convinced fans that he was going to stay after modelling the new kit with Thierry Henry.

However, this was not the case and the Gunners’ received £13.75m for the Frenchman, but Vieira will always be remembered for his time at Arsenal.

After years of being linked with a move away from his boyhood club, Jack Grealish finally left Aston Villa and in doing so, became the Premier League’s record signing.

Manchester City paid £100m for the Villa captain, and his adoring fans were gutted to see him go, especially after modelling their new shirt before leaving Dean Smith’s side.

Grealish was always destined to leave Villa at some point, and fans were torn as although they were disappointed their main man had left, he. Brinkwire presents summary news.


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