Arsenal legend wanted Zidane signing

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Martin Keown was fortunate to play with some of the most accomplished players in Premier League history during his illustrious time with Arsenal, but the former centre-back concedes there is one player in particular he would have loved to join the club.

The ex-England international won the league title three times and secured a hat-trick of FA Cup triumphs as a Gunner, and could also count Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp among his teammates.

Keown does, however, wish Arsene Wenger had been able to secure the acquisition of World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane to further help the French continent at Highbury flourish.

"When I was at Arsenal, and we were bringing in the superstars like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka, it was fantastic. Anelka was the best 17-year-old I’d ever seen and I used to chuckle on match days when he would terrorise opposition defenders," Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.

"We had some fantastic players, but of course I would have loved to see somebody like Zinedine Zidane come in. It would have pushed the French players even further and I’m sure we could have found him a space in our side."

Arsenal, meanwhile, could clinch the signing of Germany international Julian Draxler before the close of the transfer window on Friday.

The Premier League leaders are reported to be closing in on a deal for the 20-year-old, as Wenger looks to boost his attacking options prior to the deadline.

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