You can't always get it right, Arsenal know that by now in the transfer market, and Havard Nordveit is proving another illustration of that.
They bought him back in 2007 for a £500,000, which could have risen to £2 million, and he went onto captain the reserve side.
The closest he got to the first team was a place on the substitute's bench, but then he found himself dispatched on loan to clubs in three different countries.
Salamanca in Spain, Lillestrom in his native Norway and Nuremberg in Germany were all places he spent time at on loan before leaving the Emirates without making the breakthrough.
During his time on loan he developed as a player. Arsenal may remember him as a defender capable of playing at right-back or centre-back, but at Nuremberg he found a role as a defensive midfielder and this has been where he has played ever since.
In the summer of 2011 he was sold to Borussia Moenchengladbach, where he has remained ever since.
Nordveit has gone onto become an established Norway international with eight caps to his name and one goal, and is a key player for his Bundesliga club.
No player featured more than Nordeveit for Moenchengladbach during the first half of the season, and he has racked up an impressive 35 appearances for his club already this campaign.
He hasn't scored for his club this season but he has provided an impressive six assists, and at only 22-years-old he is valued at £7 million by his club.
Moenchengladbach are ninth in the Bundesliga, but it is very close. They are just four points off fourth and a Champions League place, so it is still all very much to play for.
With Arsenal being in need of a defensive midfielder, it may very well be that they are regretting allowing the talented Nordveit to leave so easily without giving him a first team run.
Keep an eye on the name, because you get the feeling he is only just getting started when it comes to proving the Gunners wrong.
Check him out in action below...
What do you remember about Nordveit? Are you glad to see him doing so well?
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