We always have those talks in the media where current and former managers tell stories of how they signed some crucial players to the team that they were coaching. Those players helped change the history of a certain club and they are always great to hear.
On the other side, we have Arsene Wenger and his list of failed transfers due to small complications. We assure you, if the players on the list somehow ended up in Wenger’s team, Arsenal would’ve been one of the best, if not the best clubs in the world and instead of favouring Manchester City and Liverpool, online bookies would’ve placed Arsenal as the top contender for all the domestic and international titles.
Before we unveil the top 5 list here are some honourable mentions: Vincent Kompany, Raphael Varane, Joe Hart, and N’Golo Kante.
The man that does not compare himself to humans. Zlatan Ibrahimović, also known as “The Lion”. We’ve all heard the story of how Zlatan ended up in Arsenal’s academy and Wenger was keen on signing him but wanted to put his skills on trial first. The deal was off after Zlatan started being Zlatan and said that he does not do any trials and left the club. Yes, he had a great career, but who knows, maybe he would’ve achieved more if he started playing for The Gunners.
Paul Pogba is another great player that almost ended up wearing Arsenal’s jersey. Wenger said that he wanted to sign him after realizing that Manchester wanted to sell him. But unfortunately, everything happened very quickly and Pogba ended up signing for Juventus.
Arsenal was lobbying to sign Pique in the same period when they were in talks for Fabregas. At the time, Pique was also a young player destined to shine and Wenger wanted to sign him. But with all the talks and negotiations, Arsenal managed to sign just Fabregas. A year later, Pique joined Manchester United but returned to Barca after he failed to make an impression.
Wenger spotted the young magician at the time and he already knew what kind of future Messi had. The quest for him was during the process to sign Fabregas and Pique. But, Barcelona also knew how capable Messi and how bright his future was, so they decided not to give up on him. Plus, Barcelona invested a lot of time, effort and money to make Messi a great player, and they weren’t just going to let him go. The Argentine didn’t want to leave Barcelona as well, so the transfer didn’t take off.
Imagine what could’ve happened if Ronaldo and Messi were in the same team and somehow managed to create a perfect partnership. Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that he was close to joining Arsenal, but after Sporting’s game against Manchester United, Sir Alex Fergusson was not going to let him get away. Wenger was also one of the rare managers that spotted Cristiano’s potential and wanted to sign him, but unfortunately, Manchester United got the upper hand.