Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally told his side of the story concerning a trial offered to Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the age of 16, admitting that he thought the youngster was "crazy" to turn down the chance to train in North London during his formative years.
Ibrahimovic famously rejected that opportunity to train with the Arsenal first-team as a teenager, ushering in the famous Zlatan "doesn't do auditions" quote.
The feared forward has never been short on confidence and proved to be justified in that decision by a career which has included winning nine domestic league titles across four countries.
Wenger was asked about his decision not to sign Ibrahimovic outright in an interview with BeIn Sports last weekend, but insisted that despite harbouring some regrets over the blunder he could not sanction the move without watching him play first.
He is quoted by the Daily Star as sharing: "I said I hear you're a good player and I invite you to at train with the first-team to see how good you are. He replied that 'I do not do auditions.
"I was shocked, I thought he must be crazy.
"I was the coach of Arsenal and he was 16-year-old. I regret it sometimes, but I knew nothing about him, I had to see him."
The 32-year-old remains one of Europe's most prolific centre forwards, scoring a whopping 45 goals this season in all competitions to help PSG retain their Ligue 1 title, while also being crowned France's player of the year by his fellow professions for the second successive season.
Gunners fans are no strangers to hearing anecdotes on star players who could have made their names at the Emirates, with Cristiano Ronaldo another case in point, but in this case the ex-Ajax and Juventus star is a particularly painful example of the one that got away.
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