Arsenal had the chance to sign wonderkid Kylian Mbappe before moving to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco.
The France international, who won the first ever Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremony, has revealed how he almost joined Arsenal.
The youngster was signed by Unai Emery at PSG last year following his extremely impressive form for Monaco.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old has revealed that Arsene Wenger came close to bringing the teenager to the Premier League during his time at the Emirates.
And Mbappe still believes the former Arsenal boss is the highest manager, as he branded him a “French football monument”.
“He is a real French football monument who has left Arsenal,” Mbappe told France Football.
“I have not seen many people in this world being viewed in such a unanimous way.”
“When the entirety of Europe gets on its knees in front of him to celebrate him, that certainly means something.”
“A little while ago, before I signed for PSG, we were in contact in 2017. I chose a different direction but he wasn’t annoyed at me.”
“He was a gentleman about it and wished me good luck.”
Mbappe, who was eventually tempted to turn down the Gunners by then-PSG manager Emery, has also heaped praise on the Spaniard.
“I do not forget that he helped me adapt to this big team, which was not easy,” Mbappe said when asked about Emery.
“I have a lot of respect for this man even if he did not succeed in Paris.”
“He won titles before and I hope he wins them again after. I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now I am following from afar.”