Arsenal has won numerous trophies as well as hearts and is considered amongst the best men to have managed a club in England.
However, the transfer market is not an easy place to operate in; even the reputed Frenchman has had his fair share of disappointments in the past and in this segment. We take a look at 5 players who rejected Arsenal.
5. Vincent Kompany
When it became evident that a player of Kompany’s calibre could no longer remain in Belgium; Arsenal was quick to react. Arsene Wenger was keen to bring in a solid centre-back to the club and the then 20-year-old Kompany fit the bill perfectly.
However, it was not to be as Kompany’s camp believed that moving to a club like Arsenal would curtail his development and instead decided to sign for the German club Hamburg after snubbing Arsene Wenger’s advances.
4. Jamie Vardy
Vardy truly came to the forefront during the 2015-16 season where his goal-scoring abilities played a pivotal role in Claudio Ranieri’s men lifting the Premier League trophy against all odds.
So, when Arsenal came calling for his signature at the beginning of last season; many believed it was a well-deserved opportunity and a natural progression in his career. However, Vardy had different ideas. The Sheffield born striker decided to snub the Gunners in order to remain at Leicester and shattered the hopes of Arsenal fans around the world.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Arsene Wenger was amongst those interested in signing the Swedish and even invited Zlatan to come down to North London in the summer of 2000 so as to make progress and even offered him the club’s jersey with number 9 printed on it.
However, even Arsene might not have imagined what was to unfold in the weeks to come as when the French manager asked the Swede to have a trial at the club, Zlatan refused, famously claiming “Zlatan does not do auditions.”
2. Luis Suarez
The Reds had failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League; yet again and when Arsenal made an approach for the Uruguayan; he was keen to force a move to the North London club. However, Arsene Wenger decided he would pursue Suarez in his own fashion and comically decided to table a bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan; which the hierarchy at Liverpool promptly refused.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The 2002-03 season was his first season as a senior Sporting player. Yet, it became clear very early in the season; that he was very unlikely to remain on their books for the upcoming season and Arsene; who was amongst those believed to be in the driving seat for his signature; even met with Ronaldo at Arsenal’s stadium in November of 2002 to discuss the possibilities.
However, it was not to be as Sir Alex Ferguson, as has been the case in several transfers; decided to jump into the fray for his signature and ironed out a deal with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes before Arsenal could; thus bringing one of the brightest young talents to Old Trafford.