I know it’s a big “What If”, but according to Arsene Wenger we came so close to signing Kylian Mbappe last summer that Le Prof even went to visit the young French striker at his home to try and tip the balance in Arsenal’s favour. This is how Wenger described it. “The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “Because he was at the end of [his] contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.
“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”
“Can Arsenal get him (now)? I don’t know, that’s down to him,” Wenger continued. “You know as well as I do that he will decide where he goes and say: Real Madrid? Maybe. Barcelona? Maybe. Arsenal? Manchester? He can go where he wants.
“So I don’t know what his deep aspirations are but maybe the best thing for him is to stay one more year at Monaco.”
I still find it hard to believe that we nearly actually bought a bona-fide super striker. The youngster has scored 30 goals in 39 games for Lyon this season, and surely if he had done that for Arsenal we would be further up the table and maybe challenging for the title…
Yet another one that got away from Wenger….