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5 Best Players Arsenal Almost Signed

When you look at Arsenal's transfer activity over the decades, it's clear that they've missed out on a number of world-class players. During Arsene Wenger's time at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners came close to signing some of the best players in the game right now. Here are five world-class players who Arsenal has come close to signing in recent years.

Eden Hazard

In the summer of 2012, Arsenal had the possibility to capture Eden Hazard from Lille. They felt hesitant to complete the move, prompting Chelsea to enter and hijack the process. Dick Law, a former Arsenal transfer negotiator, talked up about the matter in a 2019 interview.

Luis Suarez

Following Luis Suarez's spectacular season with Liverpool in 2012-13, Arsenal were extensively linked with a move for the striker in the summer of 2013. Suarez was rumored to be interested in joining Arsenal, but the Gunners shot themselves in the foot by making a low-ball offer to Liverpool. Arsenal made a £40 million + £1 offer, which upset Liverpool and effectively destroyed their prospects of completing the sale. The Uruguayan earned a stunning £75 million transfer to Barcelona after another successful season at Anfield, where he spent six years before joining Atletico Madrid last year.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Arsenal came close to signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. After earning a reputation for himself at Malmo, the Swede seemed poised to join the Gunners in the summer of 2000. Ibrahimovic reportedly paid a visit to Arsenal's training facilities, where he was given a personalized shirt with his name on the back. The striker's career was turned around when former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger invited him to take part in a training match. A year later, he joined Ajax, where he stayed for three years before joining Juventus in the summer of 2004.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsenal was one of the first clubs to approach Sporting CP about signing a young Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2003, the Portuguese were given a tour of the Arsenal training ground and appeared to be on their way to the Emirates Stadium. One of the few things former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger regrets is missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo. In a May 2018 interview with Arsenal's website, the Frenchman revealed his true feelings.

Lionel Messi

Arsene Wenger attempted to sign three Barcelona players for Arsenal in 2003. Lionel Messi was one of them. Messi, on the other hand, chose to stay at Camp Nou and continue his career, and the Frenchman was only able to sign Cesc Fabregas. The Argentine's decision to stay at Camp Nou turned out to be a brilliant one. He became perhaps the best footballer in history at Camp Nou, earning six Ballon d'Or trophies, four European Golden Shoes, four Champions League titles, and numerous other honors.

Arsenal is, without a doubt, the best in the world at spotting the brightest prospects in the game. The Gunners have a reputation for spotting future world-class stars and attempting to recruit them before other clubs. Without the need for a doubt, if Arsene Wenger had been successful in signing these players for Arsenal, the Gunners would have become the most talked-about football club in history by now.

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