Arsenal

5 Arsenal players who ‘got away’

Carlos VelaIt’s taken far longer than it should have done, but Arsenal appear to be a force in the transfer market once again.

The rumours were flying about all summer that Arsene Wenger had money to spend, but failed moves for the likes of Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Bernard and Stevan Jovetic amongst others led you to believe that Wenger was desperately out of practice when it came to signing players.

But the Premier League’s longest serving manager had us all eating our words on deadline day, with the stunning £42.5 million capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

And the Gunners are set to do more business in January, with a striker and a centre back believed to be high on their list of priorities.

For Arsenal fans – and the neutral in fact – it is good to see Wenger back doing business.

The Frenchman has brokered some of the most spectacular deals of the Premier League era. Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Kolo Toure, and Emmanuel Petit were all bought to England for an incredible combined fee of less than £25 million.

It is business such as this that has given Wenger his reputation as one of the games’ finest managers, but has he missed a trick or two?

Over the past week at the Football Transfer Tavern, punters have been discussing players who got away at various clubs, those who were released for nothing and went on to be a success elsewhere, or those who were shown the door too quickly regardless of their potential.

Wenger hasn’t perhaps been as guilty as his managerial counterparts of this during the Premier League era, but there are still a few that could have proved a huge success at the Emirates Stadium, had they been given more time to develop.

Here we countdown five Arsenal stars who got away.

Click on the Emirates Stadium to reveal the 5 Arsenal stars who ‘got away’.

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