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Virgil van Dijk joins the long list of players Arsene Wenger could have signed

The Arsenal manager could have put together the best team in the world if he had signed these lot

Arsene Wenger does not help himself.

The French sage has revealed in the past that he had opportunities to sign nearly all of the best players in the world.

OK, that’s exaggerating a bit but Wenger is happy to outline the megastars he let slip through Arsenal’s grip.

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Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player! 🔴🔴🔴 Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football! I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come ⚽️ I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton. I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Thank you for all the messages of support 💪🏾 I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started 🔴 #YNWA

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Now it appears that Virgil van Dijk can join the list of ‘the ones that got away’ after Liverpool secured his services for a world record transfer fee for a defender of £75million.

The Mirror’s John Cross revealed on Twitter that Arsenal were offered the towering Southampton centre back for just £6million in the summer of 2015.

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Oh what could have been Arsenal fans.

Imagine in that season when Leicester won the title that you had a centre back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and van Dijk.

Better yet, imagine how much Arsenal would’ve won if all the players Wenger says he could have brought to the club actually transpired.

Ask for Ibra ended up with Bendtner

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Ask for Ibra ended up with Bendtner

Let’s start with the most ridiculous and typical Wenger ‘nearly transfer’… Luis Suarez.

Arsenal offered £40,000,001 to trigger Suarez’ £40million release clause in the summer after the Uruguayan nearly fired the Reds to the title.

He later moved to Barcelona for a more realistic fee around £70million.

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Wenger had an actual chance of signing Suarez but fluffed it

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Wenger had an actual chance of signing Suarez but fluffed it


Wenger also claims that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Dele Alli, N’Golo Kante and Yaya Toure were very close to donning the red and white of the Gunners.

Some may have been closer than others as Toure was actually seen in an Arsenal kit, but was denied a work permit.

As was Zlatan only for Wenger to put his foot in it by requesting the Swede played a trial match.

Like many others, Ibra came back to haunt the Gunners

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Like many others, Ibra came back to haunt the Gunners

Ibra flatly denied the request saying: “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

You have to ask yourself, what are they smoking over there?