Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wenger Reveals His Biggest Transfer Regret

Arsene Wenger considers missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo to be his biggest transfer regret at Arsenal as the Portuguese could have "changed history" in north London.

Some iconic figures have slipped through his grasp, with various factors conspiring against Arsenal as they endeavoured to land both promising and proven stars.

They had been among those in the running to land Ronaldo as he prepared to leave Sporting in 2003, but negotiations dragged on and Manchester United eventually lured a future five-time Ballon d'Or winner to Old Trafford for £12 million ($16m).

Wenger told Arsenal’s official website on those that got away: "The obvious player [that we missed out on] that comes to mind is Ronaldo.

"He was here with his mother and we were very close. Then Man United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at the time, who was their coach.

 United played against Sporting Lisbon and Ronaldo was outstanding and they signed him. "You could imagine at the time what it would have been like to have Thierry Henry and Ronaldo together.

Later Man United had Rooney, Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy together, they had an exceptional football team, and Giggs and Scholes together.

That would certainly have changed a little bit the history of my stay here as well."

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