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Arsenal Boss Admits He Wanted To Sign Volatile Chelsea Striker In 2014

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been a mainstay of the media this week as he celebrated two decades in charge at the London club. Now, by his own admission, one of his regrets in that time was not signing a player who has caused his side untold problems in recent seasons.

Only this week Wenger revealed his plans for dealing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa when the sides meet this weekend in the Premier League.

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Meanwhile, as reported in the Guardian, Wenger has admitted that he would have liked to have signed the volatile Spain international, had he known Atletico Madrid were willing to sell the 27-year-old in 2014.

“I never thought he would leave Atlético Madrid at the time, I was surprised.”

“Would I have made a harder play for him had I known? Yes. I like him, as a quality striker.”

While it might surprise some fans that Wenger was interested in the explosive Spaniard, it must be remembered that the veteran Frenchman also tried to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool back in 2013.

Since his arrival at Chelsea, Costa has become one of the side’s most important and prolific strikers and while he has found himself on the wrong side of officials from time to time, the player’s skill and talent is undeniable.

Wenger’s revelation might well see Gunners fans daydreaming of a side that featured Costa alongside Alexis Sanchez and the damage they could be doing up front.

Instead, the Spaniard is now the enemy, this weekend and every weekend.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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