The 'Arsene Wenger Tried to Sign' Thread

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It just hit me. Had VAR been around in 2004, Scholes' goal against Porto wouldn't have been incorrectly ruled out for offside, and the world wouldn't have witnessed Jose Mourinho winning the CL with Porto that year.

What a different world it could have been.
 

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It just hit me. Had VAR been around in 2004, Scholes' goal against Porto wouldn't have been incorrectly ruled out for offside, and the world wouldn't have witnessed Jose Mourinho winning the CL with Porto that year.

What a different world it could have been.
Also Maradona's hand of God goal wouldn't have been scored - leaving the huge possibility of Argentina's elimination (and putting an end to any claim for Maradona's GOAT status).
1966 final too, England could've won it anyway, of course, but imagine how England's status as a football powerhouse would've been damaged if Germany won.
 

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Surely most Arsenal fans aren't hoodwinked by the players Arsenal bid for that they know they have no chance of signing, Suarez, now Mbappe.
 

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What a clown. They wouldn't have been 1:0 up with VAR to begin with since the referee's would've given Barca's first goal instead of sending Lehmann off.
Arsenal fans bitching about the Etoo offside is one of the ridiculous things ever, Barca got robbed of a legit goal and the freekick that led to Arsenal's goal came from a dive. 2006 had the rightful winner.
 

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I am actually surprised Wenger does not have a story of trying to sign Mbappe when he was 14 or so.
 

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Don't forget 'X returning from injury is like a new signing'. Only a matter of time before he uses that line again about Wilshere/Cazorla.
Oh God. He's a clever bloke, he must know and just not give a shit. In his defence he's been at it a long time and sports interviewing isn't known for its originality so all players and managers are bound to repeat themselves answering the same old shit.

Still, Wenger's catchphrases are beyond parody at this point.
 

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These players must be thanking their lucky stars that they didnt sign for Wenger; how many talented youngsters were at Arsenal only for them to never develop because Wenger doesnt coach them.
 

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He tried for mbappe , martial, smalling .
 

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Almost signed Mbappe last year.

Arsenal were among his strongest suitors. “Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach,” Mbappe says. “He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.

“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/201 ... -home-psg/


Sounds like he did almost have him. Everyone likes to laugh at he's 'almost signed xyz players'.
But the players always say that there was contact and interest and plenty of talks.
If he had bet 100m as initial bet and worked his way up back in june, before city bought Silva and all the players Monaco let go in summer, I bet he'd be here.
This is the problem with Wenger, he gets the player interested then screws around too much dealing with their parent club looking for that bargain price, at which point the selling club refuse to sell anymore or someone else comes in with double/triple offer and get the player. Then he has the audacity to say, 'we almost signed him'. Twat.
 

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Arsenal tried to sign Cédric Carrasso this summer :lol::lol::lol:

French goalkeeper Cédric Carrasso revealed this morning in an interview with L’Équipe that he had accepted an offer from Arsenal this summer, but that the move fell through. He is now a Galatasaray player.

Why did you not sign with Sporting Portugal?

I accepted that offer. Everything was ok, but the deal was thrown off. There was a problem with the agents involved. The same thing for Arsenal. Arsène wanted to operate with 3 good goalkeepers. I was supposed to go there as 3rd choice. At the beginning, I said to myself: “3rd choice to do nothing, that is not being part of a squad, that is not interesting.” But then I told myself: “It is still Arsenal!” And then again there was a problem with agents.

You were also due to move to Scotland…

Yes. I even visited the training ground of Hearts of Midlothian. I found it great in Edinburgh, apart from the salary. I was ready to cut my salary by half… At the beginning, it was very poor financially. Honestly. Like €4k a week.
 

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There are at least 3 clubs who said that Cristiano Ronaldo had nearly signed with them, 2 of which are from the Serie A (Juventus and Parma). Its funny considering that Italian critics laughed at this silly spendthrift club for spending 12m on some 18 year old thin winger with plenty of technique but no brains who would take the dribble himself right to the corner flag. Those same critics would later on criticise the Serie A guns for going for safe bets instead of this great talent who always seemed to be a dead cert to greatness.
 

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Yeah, that summer he signed Sanogo instead and some random german player from La Liga.
It's all fun to criticize Wenger's ways but even in hindsight i think signing Özil was a better move than a not yet ready Griezmann.
The failure to build a strong team around him is another problem.
 

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Almost signed Martial but United categorically rejected the offer :(
 

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Wenger almost signed Mkhitaryan in 2016.

Mkhitaryan was one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Europe; the man voted player of the year in Germany last season on the back of 23 goals and 20 assists in 51 games for Dortmund.

A move to Arsenal was agreed in the summer but United gazumped their rivals by up to £7m to sign him
Finally a success story! Well done Mr. Wenger, persistence always pays off!
 

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He nearly signed Sanchez too.
 

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The dude couldn’t successfully sign a Carphone Warehouse contract.
 

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Saw this on sky earlier, wtf is he bringing this up for now the pillock?