Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the Gunners tried to sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman in 2014.
Coman has hit the headlines since moving the Allianz Arena at the start of the season and played 55 minutes of Bayern's 5-1 dismantling of Arsenal in November.
But, it could have been so different had the French international opted for a move to the Emirates before he left Paris Saint-Germain.
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The then 18-year-old allowed his contract in France to run down before opting join Serie A giants Juventus.
Coman has since departed Turin on a two-year loan deal and looks likely to make his stint in Germany permanent in 2017.
In an interview with beIN Sport - brought to our attention by the Daily Mail - Wenger confirmed Arsenal were very close to a deal.
He said: "Yes we really tried to sign Kingsley Coman in the summer of 2014. The transfer was almost completed, but he preferred Juventus."
Having failed to establish himself at Juventus - failing to score in 15 league games - Coman is enjoying life under Pep Guardiola.
They 19-year-old has found the net three times in eight Bundesliga matches and has scored in his last two games in all competitions.
Arsenal fans may not be happy to hear their club missed out on such an exciting prospect. However, the wide positions are not an area where the Gunners are struggling for options.
The Emirates outfit are blessed with a number of talented players. Although, Coman does fit the mould of a typical Wenger signing.
Check out Coman's individual highlights from Bayern's 5-1 win over Arsenal.
Arsenal fans, do you think Kingsley Coman would be a regular starter in Arsene Wenger's team? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.
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