Arsenal failed in bid to sign Jadon Sancho, former boss Arsene Wenger reveals – ‘I wanted to take him from Man City’

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By Sean O’Brien

12th September 2019,
10:01 am

Arsene Wenger has revealed he tried to bring Jadon Sancho to Arsenal while the England sensation was still on the books at Manchester City.

The Borussia Dortmund forward is widely considered one of world football’s most exciting young players.

Sancho has emerged as one of England’s brightest stars

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Sancho has emerged as one of England’s brightest stars

Sancho has contributed to 36 goals since moving to Germany from Manchester City in 2017, and on Tuesday night he scored his first two for the Three Lions during the 5-3 victory over Kosovo.

The 19-year-old left City due to a lack of game time under Pep Guardiola – and Wenger was one of the first to pounce.

“I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games,” Wenger told beIN Sports.


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“I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.

“He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.

“There’s something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.”

Wenger tried and failed to sign a host of players who have since risen to the top of world football

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Wenger tried and failed to sign a host of players who have since risen to the top of world football

Sancho joins a long list of exceptional players who are part of the ‘Almost Arsenal XI’.

Recently, Wenger also confirmed that the Gunners were in talks with none other than Lionel Messi.

He said: “We were in discussions with [Messi] when we bought Fabregas, because Messi played [with him].


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“You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you had before when you’re a club like Barcelona. In the same team, Messi, [Gerard] Pique and Fabregas.

“Pique and Fabregas came to England [with Manchester United and Arsenal respectively], Messi stayed in Spain. We were interested in him, but he was untouchable at the time.”

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