Arsenal has repeatedly got their hands on future superstars or ready-made talents to assist them in their pursuit of silverware.
Moreover, they have missed out on a fair amount of gems in current years – especially under former manager Arsene Wenger.
Below is a list of the best players Arsenal actually came close to signing, which involves two of the best in football history.
1) Kylian Mbappe:
One of many Wenger near-misses on this list, the legendary Arsenal boss demands to have nearly signed PSG superstar Mbappe before he sealed a £130million move to the Parc des Princes in 2017.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo:
Wenger’s failure to sign Ronaldo at the time of his Sporting Lisbon days must certainly keep him restless till this day.
3) Yaya Toure:
Wenger was not pleased, branding Ivory Coast midfielder’s performance at the time of his trial at Arsenal back in 2003 “totally mediocre” on the day. Toure finally went on to win two Spanish titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, before playing a necessary part in three Premier League title wins with City.
4) Gianluigi Buffon:
Things could have worked out so differently for the Italian shot-stopper had he not snubbed a move to Arsenal in 2001.
5) Thomas Lemar:
Arteta is said to have come closest in January of last year, eyeing up a possible swap deal that would have seen Alexandre Lacazette head in the opposite direction to Atletico Madrid, but in the end, the transfer failed to materialize.
6) David Beckham :
Wenger has revealed he would have signed the England great before his loan move to AC Milan in 2009 had the Gunners been able to provide his wages.
7) Lionel Messi:
The GOAT contender was seen to have been close to becoming part of their team alongside Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas, with the previous agent Fabian Soldini stating he was “provoked” to move to Highbury.