It’s January and I purposefully decided against writing any news on transfers because, well, I refuse for this window to cause me jitters.

But then it happened in the lift after the close of work when my Man-United supporting colleagues gave me grief about the recent magical moments Zlatan had been displaying on the pitch.

And then, they started to reel out the talents Wenger had missed out on…

Talk about spoiling my evening.

Player Arsene Missed Out on

Yeah, I know.

I’m grateful for Henry, Bergkamp, Pires and Viera but, this, this is sad.

Okay, very sad.

Gianluigi Buffon was linked with a move to Arsenal after declaring his desire to join us if Juventus kicked him out. A deal never materialized and we were stuck with Manuel Almunia. Maybe this was when we were in the throes of our money issues, we never can tell because, Buffon would have cost a pretty penny.

Gerard Pique failed to get a work permit at the same time with Cesc Fabregas and so we signed Philipe Senderos instead. I know the transfer market is a place to take huge bets however, since the invincibles, probably has had better pay-outs than we’ve had.

We almost signed Vincent Kompany as a youngster from club Anderlecht as Wenger needed a long-term replacement for Sol Campbell. He however wouldn’t spend the £5million transfer fee.

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Ronaldo tore the United defence apart, Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed… The end.

I love Wenger but, Ferguson’s got more balls.

[/quote]And then there was Roberto Carlos who stated that he’d like to join Arsenal after his time at Madrid but that deal didn’t happen and we got Andre Santos instead. Carlos would have been a really good shadow for Carl Jenkinson.

Then there’s Ronaldo. The thought hurts.

And I don’t care what you think. I don’t like him very much, he’s a bit of an arrogant turd but, you can’t deny that he’s a brilliant player with loads of confidence. Ronaldo was shown around London Colney as a teenager, a £4m deal with Sporting Lisbon was agreed, and then Sporting hosted Man-United in a friendly. Ronaldo tore the United defence apart, Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed… The end.

I love Wenger but, Ferguson’s got more balls.

I’ll skip right to Xavi Alonso just because Yaya Toure is such a cry baby. When Xavi’s position at Liverpool started to stutter, he came all the way to London to secure a £15m move. That, for some reason didn’t work out.

Di Maria was too bloody expensive. Good player but not worth that amount, so this was not actually a miss.


Just imagine. If it’s anything to go buy, we might have sold him in those ‘tight’ years so it’s little bit much ado about nothing. According to football expert Guillem Balague, our scouts not only identified the 15 year-old Argentine they even offered him a contract. But you know how things went.

And then there was Zlatan, and then Drogba.



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