Arsene Wenger has revealed he tried to bring Jadon Sancho to Arsenal while the England sensation was still on the books at Manchester City.
The Borussia Dortmund forward is widely considered one of world football’s most exciting young players.
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The 19-year-old left City due to a lack of game time under Pep Guardiola – and Wenger was one of the first to pounce.
“I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
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“I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.
“He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.
“There’s something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.”
Sancho joins a long list of exceptional players who are part of the ‘Almost Arsenal XI’.
Recently, Wenger also confirmed that the Gunners were in talks with none other than Lionel Messi.
He said: “We were in discussions with [Messi] when we bought Fabregas, because Messi played [with him].
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“You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you had before when you’re a club like Barcelona. In the same team, Messi, [Gerard] Pique and Fabregas.
“Pique and Fabregas came to England [with Manchester United and Arsenal respectively], Messi stayed in Spain. We were interested in him, but he was untouchable at the time.”