Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known for being able to spot talent in a footballer from a young age.

The Frenchman has developed some of the greatest players in the modern game, but the long-time serving Arsenal boss has missed out on several players that have turned out to be sensational.

Wenger is the reason football has witnessed the likes of; Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie and his policy to stick with youngsters has worked well in the past.

Despite signing the above mentioned players and developing them into world-class players, Wenger has also missed out on many players that eventually developed into world-class players elsewhere and we are looking into the four main players he had a big chance in signing when they were available.

Below you can see the top-four players Arsene Wenger missed out on.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese winger who is arguably the best player in world football, competing with Lionel Messi for that title, was a teenager playing for Sporting Lisbon and he was an agreement away from signing for Arsenal rather than Manchester United.

It is reported that Arsene Wenger actually had a shirt ready for Ronaldo with a number and his name on the back, but he missed out on the winger and he eventually signed for rivals United and we all know what happened after that.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

After dominating England during a friendly for Sweden, pictures were then sent out of Ibrahimovic in an Arsenal shirt when he was a teenager and it was revealed that Arsene Wenger had the chance to sign the striker, but it didn't go through in the end.

It is suggested that Wenger offered Ibrahimovic a trial at Arsenal but the Swedish striker told Wenger politely where to go and said that he doesn't do trials for anyone.

Now applying his trade in France, he has arguably been one of the best strikers in recent times. His scoring record proves that.

3. Gareth Bale

Now setting the Premier League alight for fierce-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Wenger had a chance to sign Bale from Southampton when he was a youth player there but opted against it.

Arsenal went to Southampton to try and sign some of their youth players and after sealing a deal for Theo Walcott, turned down the chance to bid for Bale. 

4. Juan Mata

In the summer of 2011 it seemed inevitable that Mata would sign for Arsenal amid intense speculation but once Chelsea came calling the Spaniard quickly chose the west London club.

Mata has since gone on to be a key figure for Chelsea helping them to a Champions League trophy last season and the Europa League title this season.

5. Yaya Toure

Arsene Wenger revealed that he missed out on signing a teenage Yaya Toure because he could not obtain a work permit for the youngster. Wenger told Arsenal.com: "He was here as a young boy but we cannot get players in here if they are not internationals. He had no work permit and was too young. We tried to wait until when he was in Belgium, we tried to get him a European passport.

"He was not patient enough and left for Metalurh Donetsk, that is the club where he went. 


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