Antoine Griezmann.

Antoine Griezmann rejected move to Arsenal during Euro 2016

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Arsenal fans will have mixed emotions about their club's transfer activity this summer.

It depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, Arsene Wenger has by and large failed to attract world-class signings; on the other, the Frenchman has spent almost £100 million on a few quality additions.

Granit Xhaka arrived in May for £30 million and is starting to show what he's capable of; Rob Holding looks an exciting prospect at £2 million; whilst La Liga duo Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez are expected to sign for a combined £52 million.


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It isn't through a lack of trying that Arsenal haven't signed any truly world-class players, though.

Indeed, Wenger has sought to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alvaro Morata this summer but, for one reason or another, failed to do so.

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But what if I told you that the Frenchman also tried to lure Antoine Griezmann to the Emirates Stadium? Well, according to The Sun, he did.

Wenger expressed his interest during Euro 2016 but was told by the Atletico Madrid striker that he wanted to stay put because his family were settled in Spain.

An Arsenal source said: "Arsene and Griezmann held talks during the Euros about his situation.

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"The player told him outright that he was happy in Spain, and his family were enjoying life there.

"There is still interest. Why wouldn't there be in one of the best players in the world? But nothing will happen this summer at least."

Well done for trying anyway, Arsene.

The 66-year-old cannot be criticised for not trying to sign world-class players - it's just his unwillingness to spend big that lets him down.

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Following his side's impressive 3-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Wenger confirmed that Mustafi and Perez are set to complete moves.

"I think they should both go through," he said, per the Daily Mail. "They have both had medicals and we just have to finish the paper work.

"It looks like it will be announced next week."

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