Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was left feeling ‘angry’ when he discovered that Harry Kane had left the north London club as a child.
In 2001, the England international was on Arsenal’s books - he was eight at the time - but the Gunners opted to let him go rather than push him through the club’s youth system.
Kane then signed for fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, proceeding to work his way up the ranks at White Hart Lane and become one of the star attractions in the Lilywhites’ first-team.
Wenger has now admitted - as per Goal.com - that when he discovered that Arsenal had passed up on the chance to keep the man who scored 31 goals across all competitions last year, he was more than just slightly perplexed.
“I didn’t know, I read it in the papers [last year],” Wenger said.
“I found it quite funny, you know, and you are always a bit angry as well because I asked: ‘Why did he go?’
"But at nine years of age, boys can move here and there. Some people move from Tottenham to Arsenal. At youth level, because their parents find a different job, they often move somewhere else.
"How good can he be? I don't know. I don't know who you could compare him with but I think he can be a top player. He has top qualities and I think he will make a great career."
It’s safe to assume that Arsenal could do with a striker of Kane’s prowess at the moment. While the Gunners look to have genuine title credentials this year they’re still lacking the sort of player who will consistently get them 20+ league goals a campaign.
Olivier Giroud, to his credit, looks perfectly settled into English football now, but he’s a figure who can blow hot and cold depending on the game, whereas Kane - barring his early struggles this term - finds the back of the net more often than not.
The idea that Wenger would pay money for Kane now is out of the question, as the Frenchman confirmed yesterday. Missed opportunity doesn’t quite do the scenario justice, but then, how were they to know?
Arsenal fans, are you gutted Kane joined Spurs when he could have remained a Gunner? Do you need a new frontman? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.