Wow! Wenger, Messi, Arsenal! Legendary boss opens up and makes stunning Gunners claim
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stunningly claimed that the Gunners were interested in signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
Wenger is a legend at the Emirates and one of the greatest managers to ever grace the game, but he finally gave in to fans calls just a few seasons ago to step down as boss of Arsenal and give a new manager the chance to prove themselves at the club.
Arsenal have since appointed Unai Emery as boss of the club, and despite a section of the fans wanting him out, he has done a relatively good job for the club, and has gone out and spent the money that Wenger was never keen on doing.
But Wenger has claimed that Arsenal were interested in signing Messi from Barcelona, but they were unable to complete a deal as he was seemingly ”untouchable”.
Wenger told the Daily StarDaily StarDaily Star: “Never [had Messi with an Arsenal shirt].
“We were in discussion with him when we bought Fabregas. You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you had before when you’re a club like Barcelona.
“But in the same team: Messi, Pique and Fabregas. Pique and Fabregas came to Spain, Messi came to England and Messi stayed in Spain.
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“We were interested in him, yes. But he was untouchable at the time.”
Messi is regarded as one of the finest players of his generation and is arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game, so if Arsenal had the chance to sign him, they should have done everything they possibly could to complete a deal.
But that is the history of Arsenal and transfers, they were linked to superstar players, were in talks, but could never quite get the deal over the line in time.
Arsenal have missed out on some big players over the transfer seasons, but Messi is arguably the biggest signing the club could have made and one that Wenger will surely regret never completing during his 220year stint at the Emirates.
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