Arsenal tried to sign Real Madrid star in 2015 - but Zinedine Zidane said no

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Arsenal's current squad is arguably the strongest it's been since the glory days of 2003/04.

Blessed with speed, creativity and strength in depth, the Gunners are in an excellent position to not only challenge for the Premier League title, but win it.

Summer signings Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez have given Arsene Wenger more options than ever, with the former two arrivals particularly impressing.


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For Arsenal, it's now a case of keeping their best players and continuing to improve.

But according to AS, the north London outfit came close to signing a Real Madrid star during the last winter transfer window, only to be denied by Zinedine Zidane.

And that player? Spain international Isco.

In the below screenshot, AS explain how Wenger attempted to sign the 24-year-old and was making headway into doing so, but Zidane said no.

The report states: "Isco fits into the kind of players that Wenger usually looks for. He tried to sign him a year ago during the winter window but Zidane blocked the move."

This is all despite the fact Real are reportedly keen to sell Isco, who signed from Malaga in 2013 but has struggled for game time ever since.

AS also claim that Tottenham remain interested in the attacking midfielder having seen their own advances thwarted in the summer transfer window, with Manchester United also lingering.

How Arsenal fans will rue the fact they almost signed a player of Isco's quality.

While creativity certainly isn't lacking at the Emirates Stadium, the Real outcast represents the perfect successor to Spanish maestro Santi Cazorla, who at 31-years-old is approaching - or has perhaps already entered - the twilight years of his career.

Despite interest across Europe, Isco remains determined to prove himself at the Bernabeu and has no intention of leaving anytime soon.

In response to a question about leaving Los Blancos, per Sky Sports, he said: "Not really, I have two years left on my Real contract, the club said nothing and I never looked for anything to leave.

"In the end, if I'm not the star man with [Carlo] Ancelotti, [Rafa] Benitez or Zidane, I will not be foolish and look for problems where there are none."

Isco accepts that he must up his game and take advantage of the opportunities afford to him by manager Zidane.

"In the end, I'm responsible and that's where I must improve," the Spaniard added.

"There are ups and downs and I won't give up, I fight to the end and want to prove that I'm fit for Madrid.

"We are talking about the best players in the world, there is much competition and a line-up that is practically non-negotiable."

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