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Having written an article earlier on the best French XI, I though it might be interesting to have a look on the other side, the imports that didn't quite have the desired affect.

There have been so many French players in the Premier League, some have not lived up to their expectations though.

I have complied my list of the worst XI. Agree or disagree? Feel free to comment below...

Goalkeeper: Pegguy Arphexad- Leicester City/ Liverpool: 27 appearances

Gerard Houllier made some questionable acquisitions at Liverpool, trust me, there will be more on this list.

Arphexad was one of these, a very poor goalkeeper prone to major error.

Centre-back: Jean-Alain Boumsong- Newcastle: 47 appearances 

Dodgy buy in more ways than one, the £8 million fee was investigated but later cleared.

Was dodgy on the pitch as well, formed a hapless partnership with Titus Bramble and together the duo's mistakes made the Toon Army a laughing stock.

Centre-back: Pascal Cygan- Arsenal: 63 appearances 

Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, Robert Pires and Pascal Cygan... spot the odd one out.

Yes Cygan was one of many french arrivals at Highbury, but not one that will be remembered fondly for his displays at the back. 

Centre-back: Laurent Blanc- Manchester United: 48 appearances 

A great player, but not for United.

Went to end his career at Old Trafford and the years had clearly caught up with him.

Central midfield: Gilles Grimandi- Arsenal: 113 appearances

Played every position under the sun, but none of them with any great conviction.

Utility player in every sense of the word, forgotten in a hurry by many Gunners fans.

Central midfield: Bruno Cheyrou- Liverpool: 31 appearances 

Another Houllier French flop who dubbed him 'the new Zidane.'

It didn't take long to realise this was mis-guided and didn't last long in the Premier League.

Wide midfielder: Gabriel Obertan- Manchester United/ Newcastle: 51 appearances 

Winger that promised so much and delivered so little.

Light-weight in England and looks to be shipped out from Tyneside.

Wide midfield: Steve Marlet- Fulham: 54 appearances  

So bad that Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed suspected manager Jean Tigana of foul play after a big fee to lure him from Lyon.

Managed only 11 goals in four years.

Striker: David Bellion- Sunderland/ Manchester United/ West Ham: 52 appearances/ 5 goals

Another dodgy deal to go to Manchester United from Sunderland amid allegations of tapping up.

Fared no better on the pitch either.

Striker: Anthony Le Tallec- Liverpool/ Sunderland: 44 appearances/ 4 goals

Last of the hellish Houllier hopeless arrivals.

No goals in the league at Anfield and was sent out on loan five times, including to Sunderland where it didn't work out either.

Striker: Jeremie Aliadiere- Arsenal/ Wolves/ West Ham/ Middlesborough: 108 appearances/ 10 goals 

Was never a success at any club which makes it amazing that he played for four Premier League teams.

Finally sent packing to France after struggling in the Championship after relegation with Boro. 

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