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Five of the best: April fools' day football jokes

April 1, 2004. (©GettyImages)
April 1, 2004. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal to sign Pascal Cygan's brother

As good as Arsene Wenger is at spotting a future star, the Arsenal manager has been guilty of a few transfer clangers during his time in north London - none more so than the £2million capture of former Lille defender Pascal Cygan in 2002.

So, imagine Gunners fans' fury when on April 1, 2004, a story emerged linking the club with a move for the French flop's younger brother!

Referred to as Pascal 'Zinedine' Cygan - a nickname borne out of the player's lack of co-ordination and never-ending appetite for a blunder, it's fair to say that this jape is one of our favourite transfer tricks of all time.

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