‘He wins the ball without making any foul’ — Arsene Wenger regrets not signing Chelsea player

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed many great players during his time as Arsenal boss, but the Frenchman always has a regret of not signing a particular player.

The 72-year-old has now revealed his regret that he didn’t sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante who is now seen as one of the best midfielders in the world.

Asked which player he regretted not signing the most in an interview with Ian Wright, Wenger told LADbible: “Certainly Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I thought it was possible and if we had been a fraction quicker, a few days, because we had agreed [a deal], and Man United came in five or six days later.

“So I would say at the start of my career, Cristiano Ronaldo. At the end of my career, N’Golo Kante.”

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A surprised Ian Wright was bemused that his former manager passed an opportunity to sign Kante, and probed him on how plausible a deal for Kante would have been.

Wenger went on: “Easy, because he played in a club in Paris called Caen, where one of my best friends is director.

“He told me, ‘Please, I have a player we know is unbelievable but nobody wants him in France.’

“He took him in his car and travelled with him from club to club and finally a club from division three in France took N’Golo Kante.

“It is an unbelievable story, N’Golo Kante, you could make a film as well with him.

“And he is something that you don’t find often. He wins the ball without making any foul, and straight away he moves that ball forward.”

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