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Top 5 Players That Arsenal Almost Signed

Today, we take a look at the top five players who could have been turning out in an Arsenal shirt over the past few years, as well as one that could go under the radar in years to come.

Petr Cech

Only a work permit and an unconvinced scout prevented arguably the Premier League’s finest shop stopper from joining. Whilst at Sparta Prague in 2002, Arsenal made a move to sign the Czech keeper before his eventual move to French team Rennes. With his current track record and Arsenal’s goalkeeping indifferences, would Cech have been the difference maker in Arsenal’s current silverware famine?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Say what you want about the man, he is up there with the very best. Whilst he will forever be remembered as a legend at Old Trafford, Arsenal fans could just have easily seen his name and number circling the Emirates stadium. However due to the construction of the said stadium, Arsenal didn’t have the financial power to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and others who were swarming Ronaldo at the time. Even a tour of Highbury couldn’t persuade him to join, and the rest, as they say, is history.


In 2001 the Gremio youngster was lighting up Brazilian football with his dazzling trickery so common to us today. After breaking into the Brazilian national team, Arsenal came knocking but were again denied by a work permit. The Samba superstar was also close to joining St. Mirren on loan before settling to join Paris based giants PSG.

Alexandre Pato

If you’ve only played 26 matches and are worth £15million then you know you’re good. Pato sealed a switch to Milan at the ripe old age of just 17, and whilst the season after that Pato appeared at the Emirates for the first time, he could have been a regular there. Arsenal were rumoured to be in the running to sign ‘Sandy the duck’ but Milan pulled out all the stops including a behind closed doors friendly match to secure the Brazilian’s signature. With the masses of strikers being linked with the Gunners this year, it could have been oh so different for them with Pato on board.

Phillipe Mexes

I’m sure many of you were thinking Drogba, Ibrahimovic, etc, but after looking at Arsenal’s defensive frailties this season it is disappointing that the Frenchman decided to join Milan instead. Mexes ticks every box that Wenger would have looked for in a player. He’s experienced, and has played at the highest level. He is a determined, no-nonsense defender who would have slotted perfectly alongside Vermaelen. Oh! He’s French, and was also available on a free transfer which fits perfectly into Wenger’s shrewd spending style.



  1. Jack

    November 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Mexes is so overrated it it ridiculous! Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen are all better… Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and F. Torres are absolutely the ones that got away..

  2. jack

    November 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    mexes is no where near vermaelen and koscielny’s level.arsenal’s poor defensive record this season has been down to injuries.also our style of play doesn’t help defenders much.

  3. yadda

    November 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    However, with rumours surfacing of interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal will have to hope the youngest manager in Portuguese football plies his trade their just a little longer.>>> HOW OLD IS THIS ARTICLE!?!?! Douchebags!

  4. Paul the gooner

    November 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    …and Yaya Toure, who was a Asrenal on trial.

  5. samuel eghwere

    November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    wenger should try to sign eden hazard and carlos teveze to help vp in dat 4word.

  6. Frankie Frankie

    November 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Ruud Van Nistelrooy:- Up until the week before signing for Man U, Ruud admitted he thought he was on his way to Arsenal. Wenger refused to pay more than 10 mil for the player and Man U met the asking price and sealed the deal. Although a few days later he did in his ACL, man u still sealed the deal the following season.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic:- Everything was all agreed and Ibrah ready to sign even wearing the number 9 shirt. Look online and you’ll find the picture. Just before signing Wenger asked if he could play in a trail game and Ibrah a little disgusted by this said you know what i can do if you want to sign me then sign me but i wont play in a trail. The deal was off and a few months later he signed for Ajax.

  7. Gersha-ethiopia

    November 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh yes our aw shoul add hazard & chahil so far & then our arsenal have shep even over barca.

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