Clearly, there’s a lot more going wrong at Arsenal right now than simply the club’s transfer policy, though there’s little doubt such a poor strategy on that front hasn’t helped the Gunners’ cause.
One of the major sources of frustration for the Emirates faithful has been Arsene Wenger’s tendency to reveal he almost signed players who would go on to star for some of the Champions League’s biggest clubs, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.
Indeed, dreaming about the type of players who may well have arrived in north London if the club had managed to push a deal over the line must be gutting, when comparing such dreams to the bleak reality of the current situation.
In many ways, it’s a theme that just sums Arsenal up. Constantly almost getting there, the Gunners are experts in falling at the final hurdle. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the seven stars who almost signed for Arsenal.