Arsenal failed in bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last winter

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Everyone knew Arsene Wenger was in desperate need of a new striker over the summer.

Failed pursuits of Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette early on in the window meant Arsenal were forced to turn to Deportivo La Coruna's Lucas Perez in order to provide Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez more competition at the Emirates.

But it turns out their hunt for a forward started much earlier when the Gunners tried to sign one of the hottest properties in Europe back in January.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has repeatedly stated his desire to play for Real Madrid but very nearly wound up in north London.

According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, Wenger launched an audacious bid worth €60 million but, much like the offer for Lacazette, was met with rejection.

The Bundesliga side did actually name the price which could have secured the Gabonese's signature, however, it was a gigantic €40 million more than Arsenal's initial bid.

Unsurprisingly, the Gunners didn't match Dortmund's €100m asking price which would have come close to equalling the world record fee Madrid paid for Gareth Bale, only to be beaten by Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United in the summer.

Failure to land Aubameyang does mean that Perez was actually Wenger's fourth choice - of those we know about - striker target to bring into the club.

Arsenal fans will now be left to wonder just what could have happened last season had Aubameyang joined.

Many felt that the 2015/16 season was the Gunners' best chance to win the title for many a year but a post-Christmas collapse saw huge underdogs Leicester City finish the campaign at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, if they didn't know already, Madrid are now aware what it may take to fulfil Aubemeyang's dream of turning out for Los Blancos.

The 27-year-old has scored 86 goals from 150 appearances during his time at Dortmund but with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata all at the Bernabeu, Zinedine Zidane has no need for a new striker just yet.

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