Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was once a transfer target for Arsenal, reveals Arsene Wenger.
The 24-year-old England international moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2006 from Shrewsbury Town, and has gone on to establish himself as the Citizens' No.1 under Roberto Mancini.
Hart spent a season on loan with Birmingham City in the 2009-10 campaign, to give him some much needed first-team experience - during which time the Gunners boss enquired about the youngster's availability.
"I remember when Hart played at Birmingham, I asked about him and they told me he is at Man City," Wenger recalled. "I thought he would be the keeper there.
"He has something that is needed for a goalkeeper to play at a big club and I am not surprised he made it as No 1."
Arsenal went on to secure the services of Wojciech Szczesny - who has gone on to establish himself as the senior custodian at the Emirates Stadium.
The Polish stopper is one of a number of young goalkeepers currently plying their trade in the Barclays Premier League - proof of the ever-changing landscape of players in the English top-flight.
"Usually it is a job for over 30s, but we have seen that with Van der Sar, who went at a very young age to Juventus," Wenger continued.
"He went to Fulham and Manchester United where, for a few years, he was the best keeper in England."
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