Ibrahimovic admits he nearly joined Arsenal before Man Utd but NOT this summer

Despite being quite pleased with the summer transfer window just gone from an Arsenal point of view, even though we are yet to see how the two late signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi do in the English Premier League, I was disappointed earlier in the summer when the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was available on a free transfer ended up signing for our EPL rivals Manchester United rather than the Gunners.

There were a lot of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with him at the time but we never really found out for sure if Arsene Wenger was even in the running for the hugely successful centre forward, Zlatan´s words this week in a Sky Sports report suggest not, as did Wenger´s suggestion some weeks ago that his age and the rigours of English football might work against the Swede.

Whether our boss tried to get him or not, it seems clear that he would have failed as Ibrahimovic made it clear that working again with Jose Mourinho, after they enjoyed trophy and title success in Italy with Inter Milan, was the major reason for his move to Old Trafford.

The 34-year old revealed that he did once nearly come to Arsenal but that was earlier in his career and before another occasion when he almost came to England to play for Man City. He did not mention any other EPL clubs trying to get him this year and I think he would have done if any had.

Zlatan said, “I was close to moving to the Premier League twice – once with Arsenal and then Manchester City.

“But it never happened and I don’t need to play in the Premier League.

“Mourinho is the mastermind, the masterbrain. He knows what he needs to do to win. I learned a lot from him at Inter.

“Who wouldn’t want to have Mourinho as manager?”

Erm, Eden Hazard maybe and quite few other members of last season´s Chelsea squad perhaps? So was Wenger right to not waste his time this summer trying to get Ibrahimovic to sign for Arsenal?

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  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Ibrahimovic is the best 34 year old striker ever probably
    Very few strikers are prolific in their mid-30’s
    Mourinho (as much as I hate him) was smart to sign him
    As much as I hate the fact that he plays for one of our bitter rivals, you have to give credit where credit is due. He is still World Class at 34

    1. As much as how I hate to say it, teddy sheringham was very good at that age also and was very underrated in my opinion.

      1. ArsenalDave says:

        Underated by who?

    2. Twig says:

      Kanu will have something to say about that. 40 and still scoring 😉

  2. blugooner says:

    Zlatan has played his best football, and is approaching the twilight of his career. Arsenal needed something better.Someone more defining. Wether Perez is that one remains to be seen. My sincere prayer is that Wenger leaves at the end of his contract next year( 20 years is enough), and that Arsenal get a worthy replacement who is decisive, bold and has a clear vision of where he wants to take the club to. Diego Simeoni will do just fine. The man has an eye for top talent.

  3. ArsenalDave says:

    Drogba! wtf did we ever let him and Terry go to Chelsea for?

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