Arsenal Transfers: 10 Players That Wenger Almost Signed

The ones that got away...


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is renowned worldwide for his shrewd business in the transfer market. Though their recruitment policy has evolved in the last couple of years, the North Londoners are known as a club which develops young talents into household names (and then usually sells them). 

The Gunners' reputation as a feeder club for Europe's elite is fast-fading though. Big money arrivals Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez announced a new Arsenal - a one which is willing to splash out on the best players available. Make no mistake, however, Wenger will continue to develop his own talent alongside big name arrivals. Players such as Thierry Henry, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas flourished into international superstars under the Frenchman since the turn of the decade.

Does Arsene Wenger always get it right in the transfer market though? Arguably, no. The man who bought Nicolas Anelka for £500,000 and sold him a year later for £23m does occasionally get it wrong. What many people don't realise is just how many players Arsene Wenger didn't quite sign that went on to be among the world's elite in future years.

 Here's 10 unbelievable players that came close to joining Arsenal, though never signed on the dotted line. 


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