We all know of the list of players that Arsene Wenger could have brought to Arsenal during his time at Highbury and then subsequently the Emirates Stadium, right?
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are just some of the names to have been dropped by the former manager in past interviews, however it has now emerged that one player has spoken about being approached to play for the Gunners.
Vagner Love might not be a name that is instantly recognisable to many football fans, as he played the vast majority of his football for clubs outside of the top five European leagues, however he is a player that could have made a difference if he were given an opportunity.
Indeed, fans who use the Asian casinos8888 site like a goalscorer, and the Brazilian was definitely that, as he almost managed to score 50 goals in UEFA competitions in a career that saw him win the UEFA Cup in 2005 whilst playing for CSKA Moscow.
Actually, it is wrong to speak of him as if he no longer plays, as Love is currently enjoying life in Denmark with FC Midtjylland, but he has recently spoken about how he could have been playing for Wenger and Arsenal in the mid-noughties.
In an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo, the now-37-year-old spoke about how he was approached in 2006 about a move to the Emirates Stadium after helping CSKA Moscow and Brazil to glory – he helped them win two Copa America titles.
Whilst he admitted that he had enjoyed watching Thierry Henry do his thing for the Gunners, he revealed that a move was only being sounded out and that there was no concrete offer on the table.
Love also admitted that both Portsmouth and Everton had made official bids, but the president would not let him leave, thus leaving him to miss out on a career in the Premier League.
Here is what he had to say: “A year after winning the UEFA Cup, we played Arsenal and they sounded me out about a possible transfer, but there was no concrete offer.
“Portsmouth and Everton both made official bids, but the president was a tough negotiator and wouldn’t let me leave. The years went by and ultimately I didn’t get a chance to play in the Premier League. I’d have loved to because I’ve always watched it and can still remember Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney starring for Arsenal and Manchester United.”
What could have been, right?