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Arsene Wenger has missed out on some incredible players during his time at Arsenal, but Antoine Griezmann’s tale of a failed transfer to the Emirates will no doubt enrage Gunners supporters.
The France international – who is continuously linked with Manchester United – opened up on how a move to the Premier League broke down back in 2013, with his former agent Eric Olhats in regular contact with Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi. Grimandi had told Olhats that Wenger was keen to sign him, and the Atletico Madrid forward – then of Real Sociedad – ‘put aside all other offers’ in order to keep the path clear for him to join the English giants.
But Wenger missed his chance to land the Frenchman and Griezmann has ruled out a move to north London in the future. He wrote in his new autobiography: ‘I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting … when there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.
Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. ‘I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen. ‘So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him “Forget it, after the blow they gave us.”‘
If Griezmann’s account of events doesn’t frustrate Gooners enough, a look at Arsenal’s transfer history that summer almost certainly will. While they targeted Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, they ended up with Yaya Sanogo… Ouch!