It’s extremely common in football for clubs to miss out on players who would later become stars of the game. Sometimes it’s the ineptitude of clubs at having failed to land players, other times it’s just the nature of football.

Arsenal, however, are widely known to have come very close to signing a great number of superstars of the European game. There’s frustration at knowing that problems exist at Arsenal which forces deals to break down, while naturally hindsight always offers 20:20 vision.

Some might imagine the myriad of trophies that could have been won. But it’s not always the case that players will become stars wherever they go. Many stories of these players could have been very different had they landed at Arsenal.

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