Wilfried Zaha and Christopher Nkunku are the first names that come to mind when you think of players former Arsenal boss Unai Emery missed out on during his time at the club.
Both players were heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, but the Gunners couldn’t get the deals over the line. Zaha has come out and spoken about his failed transfer, while Nkunku is tearing it up in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal could’ve done with either player in the squad. Emery will definitely point at those failed transfers as one of the reasons why his tenure ended the way it did, but there’s another very good signing he missed out on in 2019.
Arsenal tried long and hard to sign then-Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen. The Gunners even had a bid rejected for the Dane and Dennis Praet, and the 6ft 4in giant defender moved to Lyon instead.
Andersen openly told Foot Mercato in 2019 that he had snubbed a move to Arsenal because he wanted Champions League football. Lyon offered that and that is why he joined them instead of us.
After a terrible campaign in Ligue 1, Andersen joined Fulham at the start of this season and he has been brilliant. He has been one of Scott Parker’s best players, and his brilliant performances could help him secure a move to our neighbours Tottenham.
The Athletic claim that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Andersen join Jose Mourinho’s Spurs this summer. Football London’s Alasdair Gold backed that claim later by suggesting that the Dane could be a target for Tottenham in the coming weeks.
Missed opportunity for Arsenal?
Andersen would’ve been an interesting signing two years ago. Arsenal needed a new centre-half and his profile was the right one for the Premier League. It didn’t happen then, and we didn’t really regret it.
His performances for Lyon were shocking to say the least. The Ligue 1 giants wanted to sell him just a few months into his debut campaign (L’Equipe), and their decision to loan him out last summer showed that they don’t fancy him one bit.
Andersen, however, has had a really good season at Fulham. He has shown he is good enough to play in the Premier League, and if he ends up moving to Spurs and becoming a top player there, Arsenal may end up regretting it.