Arsenal also wanted to land key Barcelona duo alongside Fabregas
Arsene Wenger has admitted his former club Arsenal at one point tried to land Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi to compliment their acquisition of the Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2003 after coming through Barcelona’s youth set-up and ultimately became a key figure for the north Londoners across several seasons.
After seeing Cesc succeed at Arsenal, the club then apparently turned their attention to two more Catalan graduates.
While Wenger did not detail when the Gunners attempted to bring in Messi and Pique, he did reveal the Gunners had lofty ambitions to line-up with all three at some point.
“We tried, we were not near to signing Messi,” Arsene said on beIN Sports. “But we tried to sign Pique, Fabregas and Messi, of course, we already tried but he was already too big at the time.
“Don’t forget in 2006 when we played the Champions League final against Barcelona, Messi couldn’t play because he was injured…so that’s 13 years ago and he was already a regular player in the first team. What this guy has done is unbelievable.”
Wenger, who confirmed the Gunners were close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo over a decade ago, was also questioned if there was a chance the Juventus star and Lionel could have lined up on the same side.
While confident he could have handled both living legends and their personalities, Wenger admits it was never a real possibility.
“That’s real fantasy football. I would have loved to. I had big personalities in my life, very big personalities. If you can give them what they want they are happy.” the Frenchman said.