Newcastle United new-boy Florian Thauvin has revealed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made an approach to sign him two or three years ago.
The Frenchman, who penned a five-year contract with the Magpies earlier this week, thus cementing a switch to St. James Park from Marseille, confirmed Arsenal had shown previous interest in signing him.
“Two or three seasons ago, Arsene Wenger perhaps made an approach with Arsenal, but apart from Arsenal, Newcastle are the only other club who have made an approach for me in the past,” Thauvin said, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
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Wenger has a reputation for always keeping an eye on Ligue 1 during transfer windows, with a number of his compatriots having played for the Gunners in the past.
However, in Thauvin’s case - though it’s not made clear what stopped a deal from happening - the 65-year-old couldn’t seal the move. The 22-year-old will now ply his trade for Steve McClaren’s Newcastle this year.
The transfer in question is believed to have cost the Tyneside outfit £13million, whilst Remy Cabella has also joined Marseille on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch there next year.
So, it looks that Arsenal’s loss is Newcastle’s gain, although there’s nothing to suggest Wenger would have considered a move for the youngster this summer before he agreed terms with McClaren.
Indeed the Gunners don’t appear to be on the lookout for another winger since they boast the likes of Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and the irresistible Alexis Sanchez.
The purchase of a defensive-midfielder to fight for a place alongside Francis Coquelin is far more up their street, with Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi perhaps the most ideal candidate.
Arsenal fans, do you think Wenger missed a trick with Thauvin? Who do you think the Gunners should sign now? Let us know in the comments box below.