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Former Liverpool favourite reveals Arsenal repeatedly tried to sign him

Jose Enrique said Arsenal tried to sign him before he went to Liverpool and again while at Anfield

The list of players Arsene Wenger almost signed is longer than the time it takes the Arsenal boss to do up his zip.

But adding one more to the tally won’t hurt.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique, who recently announced his retirement from professional football, has spoken about Arsenal’s desperation to sign him throughout his time in England.

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The Spanish left-back moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011 and spent five years on Merseyside before heading back to Spain.

However Arsenal tried to sign him on multiple occasions before and during his time at Liverpool, according to Enrique’s claims.

When asked about Arsenal’s interest on Twitter Enrique said: “Yes they did mate the same summer I went to Liverpool and when I played for Liverpool too.”

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So who did Arsenal get instead, when they missed out on Enrique?

Can you remember Arsenal fans? We don’t blame you if not, as you’ve probably done your best to erase it from your memory.

Arsenal ended up signing Brazilian ‘defender’ Andre Santos from Fenerbahce that summer.

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Santos’ Arsenal career was effectively ended when he chose to swap shirts with ex-Gunner Robin van Persie during a defeat against Man United.

So, in hindsight, we don’t really blame Wenger for being fairly desperate to bring another left-back into the club.

A half-fit Djimi Traore would have been a better option than Santos.


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