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The definitive list of star players Arsene Wenger nearly signed for Arsenal

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From famously offering Zlatan Ibrahimovic a trial to passing on Dimitri Payet, Arsene Wenger has come agonisingly close to signing numerous top quality talents during his time as Arsenal manager.

He may have snapped up the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Roberto Pires, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri before they reached their peak ability, but Wenger still boasts a list dripping with monstrous “what-ifs” – players who either eluded the Gunners or were deemed unready.

The club’s spending power was on full show during the summers of 2013 and 2014, when Wenger put his money on the table and added big names in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for £42.5 million and £35 million respectively.

But the summer of 2015 brought a halt to the new spending trend when the only name brought in was 33-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech, an already world-class package, moving across London from Chelsea.

Wenger had the Arsenal fanbase frustrated by the end of deadline day after deciding against signing a single outfield player – the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to do so last summer.

The gallery above details what the French coach had to say on the players he could have bought whilst in charge of the north London side.


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