Arsenal could not afford to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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Arsenal's financial crisis, surrounding their move from Higbury to the Emirates was close to destroying the North London club.

The Gunners faced a potential financial meltdown during their invincibles season, as the North London side struggled for cash.

The Mirror report that the title winning squad of 2003-04 were within days of not being paid, as the Gunners struggled to make ends meet.


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The struggle in moving to the Emirates also cost Arsenal the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. It is well known that the Portuguese star went to Arsenal's training base, before completing a move to Manchester United.

However, the reason for the Gunners' inability to sign the now-Real Madrid man, was because they could simply not afford him.

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Ronaldo went on to become one of the most prolific goalscorers in football history, and has won the Ballon d'Or three times.

He also helped Manchester United to three Premier Leagues and a Champions League title, playing a vital role in dumping Arsenal out in the semi-final.

Having moved to the Emirates in 2006, the Gunners have become one of the richest clubs in world football.

Praise has to go to Arsene Wenger, for his ability to continually achieve top four finishes amid the financial concerns.

However, Arsenal fans are now expecting their side to challenge on all fronts, with money no longer a problem for the club. 

Having claimed back-to-back FA Cup success', the Gunners faithful will be hoping their club can challenge for the title or the Champions League.

But they have not made the best start to the Premier League season, picking up seven points in four games.


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