29 Jan 2022 | 13:30 | Football
Goalkeeper – Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and he is playing for boyhood club Parma at the age of 43. Buffon spent 19 years at Juventus in two phases, starting in 2001 with a record level. £43m, but Arsenal had previously shown an interest in the Italian in 1998. Buffon admitted to BT Sport in 2016: ” I remember when I was 20 years old in 1998, I ate food. once with Wenger.”
Defender – Gerard Pique
Arsene Wenger was planning an attack on Barcelona in 2003, when he tried to sign Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi. His request for Messi was immediately denied, but Fabregas went to London, and Pique almost went to Highbury, but in the end he stayed and then went to Manchester United.
Defender – Vincent Kompany
In 2006, Arsenal was one of the strong candidates to recruit this young star. However, Arsenal failed when Kompany joined German club Hamburg, then moved to Manchester City and gradually became a club legend.
Defender – Raphael Varane
Wenger is known for spotting young French talent, and he was interested in Raphael Varane before Real Madrid made the move. Varane broke through at Lens in 2010, and before Arsenal could act, Madrid signed him, with Varane enjoying great success there.
Defender – Gareth Bale
Arsenal’s failure to secure Gareth Bale from Southampton is a pity, as the Welshman played at a level that was at Tottenham before breaking a transfer record with Real Madrid in 2013. At a time when Arsenal were interested, Bale was a left-back, and Wenger had the opportunity to sign him but decided against it because they already had Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy. Wenger admitted his mistake: “We didn’t bring him in because we had Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy. I have to admit it was a big mistake.”
Midfielder – Yaya Toure
Arsenal had the opportunity to sign all three Toure brothers, but only Kolo was selected to move to the Gunners, while Yaya was absent. This comes despite the fact that Yaya had been trialled at Arsenal, and somehow his talent was missed before he reached world class at Barcelona and City.
Midfielder – N’Golo Kante
In 2016, N’Golo Kante stunned the world with his tackles in Leicester’s midfield. Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were immediately targeted by rival clubs, and Chelsea signed the Frenchman for a fee of £32m. The Gunners had the advantage then, but they pulled out of the deal, buying Granite Xhaka instead.
Striker – Cristiano Ronaldo
One of Wenger’s biggest regrets is not being able to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo contacted Arsenal and Wenger, they were very close, but United managed to convince the Portuguese star, Wenger said in 2018: ” The player we obviously missed was Ronaldo. “He was here with his mother and we were very close. Then Man United came. United played Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo was excellent and they signed him.”
Striker – Luis Suarez
Before the 2013/2014 Premier League season, Arsenal had a huge opportunity to sign Luis Suarez, who was looking to leave Anfield. Suarez wants to leave but Liverpool do not want to let their star go, and especially the destination is Arsenal.
Striker – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The striker was at Malmo Sweden at the time, Wenger was interested in signing him and offered Ibrahimovic a trial at the club. However, this young player does not like to try the job. Then he moved to Ajax.
Striker – Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is perhaps the most coveted player in world football right now, and once again, Wenger had the chance to sign the prodigy while he was at Monaco, Wenger’s former club. Wenger even tried to sign for free when his contract was coming to an end, but he was unsuccessful.