If you had a pound for every time Arsene Wenger claimed he ‘tried’ to sign someone, you’d be a fairly rich man.
The likes of N’Golo Kante, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kylian Mbappe have reportedly all escaped through the Arsenal manager’s clutches in the last decade or so.
And it appears you can add Diego Costa’s name to that list too.
In a report in the Guardian ahead of the FA Cup final between the Gunners and their London rivals Chelsea, it claims Arsenal were in position to sign Costa from Atletico Madrid in 2013 but were put off by his £30m release clause.
So who would they sign instead?
Yaya Sanogo, of course.
Since the not-so-clinical Frenchman was brought in on July 1 2013, he’s found the net a grand total of zero times in the Premier League and been shipped out on loan to four clubs, which has also only produced three goals.
Costa, meanwhile, has bagged 52 in 87 top-flight appearances and was bagged to his destructive best this season with a 20-goal haul that helped inspire Chelsea to the title.
What makes matters worse is Arsenal not only recruited Sanogo at Costa’s expense, but they also chose to keep a hold of Nicklas Bendtner who they still felt had the credentials to fire them to glory.
Arsenal have been short of a world class, out and out striker since Robin van Persie left the club for Manchester United in 2012 but Costa’s arrival would have rectified that.
Instead he lines up against the Gunners in the cup final hoping to continue to act as their tormentor-in-chief.