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Arsene Wenger, Kylian Mbappe.

Arsene Wenger left embarrassed with the lengths he went to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a checkered history in the transfer market, to say the least.

On the one hand, he was the visionary that bought the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, turning them into world-class talents in the process.

However, on the other hand, he has also signed the likes of Igor Stepanovs, Pascal Cygan (his list of failed defenders is very long) and Gervinho which many might argue has led the club to their state of relative mediocrity of today.

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We say mediocrity, but this season looks like the first in 20 years that the Gunners will not qualify for the Champions League and they have an FA Cup final on the horizon, but their inability to challenge for the Premier League title or make any substantial process in Europe has left the fans frustrated.

Signings like Granit Xhaka and Gabriel have done very little to placate the red half of north London in recent times, but, once again, Wenger has revealed a huge name that he has tried to bring in to show the work he is at least attempting to do.

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In the past, it has been Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and like those two, he also chalked up a failed up attempt to lure Monaco superstar Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium last summer.

“The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“Because he was at the end of [his] contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.

“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.”

The 18-year-old French international has 24 goals in 38 games this season and, naturally, his talents have caught everyone's imagination.

However, since Mbappe's rise to stardom in his debut season as a professional, Wenger thinks Arsenal are now priced out of a move for his compatriot.

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“There are only four clubs in the world that can afford him today: Barca [Barcelona], Real [Madrid], [Manchester] City and United,” he told L’Equipe.

He added: “Leaving this summer would be the worst thing that could happen to him. It’s not a good year.

“Today he is flying, there is not a young man of his level. But, even if he is less good next season, Monaco will have offers at €100m (£85m) also.”

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