Wenger, who finally left the Emirates Stadium to be replaced by Unai Emery at the end of the 2017/2018 season, was working for media company and sports broadcaster Bein Sports on their UEFA Champions League coverage of Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund when he made the claim.
The youngster is now flourishing at Dortmund, having established himself as a regular in the starting Xl of the Bundesliga leaders with nearly ten goals in over 30 appearances in the last one-and-a-half seasons. There’s little doubt that Wenger will now regret not getting the deal over the line and Gunners fans, too, will be grimacing.
Here’s how the wider footballing world reacted on Twitter…
— sam wilson (@samwilson261299) February 13, 2019
It was well documented at the time that he had talks with arsenal
— JDP ?? (@T10_jay) February 13, 2019
Every good player was a target for Arsenal.. Why did we miss all those targets?
— MLJ (@mljallow2003) February 13, 2019
— A. Karl-Heinz (@MrJayBreezy) February 14, 2019
Along with half the good players in Europe! ?
— J DA GOON TV (@JDAGOONTV1) February 14, 2019
Arsenal seems to have targeted everyone but instead got xhaka and mustafi???
— Rishabh Sinha (@rishabh_snh) February 13, 2019