What might of been – the best players that have been linked to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger’s refusal to make a big money signing had become the the biggest running joke in English football and a nightmare for Arsenal.
The splashing out of £42.4m on Mesut Ozil came as music to Arsenal fans ears and rightly so.
But since October 2012, according to 101 great goals the Gunners have been linked with over 200 players,
fanatix takes a look at the XI Arsenal could of had.
Goalkeeper – Iker Casillas
The Real Madrid stopper has had 14 years at the top and racked up 150 caps for Spain. Casillas is simply one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The 32-year-old fell out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho at Madrid however and was linked with a large number of clubs; but ended up staying at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Defence – Toby Alderweireld, Martin Skrtel and Dani Alves
Toby Alderweireld is a highly rated Belgian centre back and the former Ajax defender now plays for Atletico Madrid after rejecting several Premier League clubs.
Skrtel was rumoured to be on his way out of Anfield this summer and would have made an excellent, if brutal, partnership with Per Mertesacker.
Dani Alves is Barcelona’s free running right-back and Wenger would loved to have to tempted the silky skilled Brazilian to north London.
Midfield – Paulinho, Frank Lampard, Wesley Sneijder and Christian Eriksen
Both Christian Eriksen and Paulinho look accomplished Premier League performers already. Eriksen in particular, although having only played once for Tottenham Hotspur, looked masterful against Norwich City.
Frank Lampard recently gained his 100th England cap, but the 35-year-old was on the verge of leaving Stamford Bridge after being told the midfielder wouldn’t feature because of his age.
Lampard has since resolved the dispute and Chelsea’s record goal-scorer is now firmly planted in west London.
Wesley Sneijder was linked heavily with Manchester United and the Dutch midfielder has incredible talent and would have been a welcome edition at Arsenal.
A midfield three of Jack Wilshere, Sneijder and Ozil would take some stopping.
Strikers – Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Radamel Falcao
Arsenal have been linked to virtually ever top class striker available over the summer and failed to purchase a single one – something that either shows Wenger’s lack of pulling power, or the increase in journalist’s pedalling falsehoods to increase revenue.
Luis Suarez was most certainly on their radar, as the club made a £40m and £1 bid for the controversial Uruguayan which was rejected by Liverpool.
With the arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, Gonzalo Higuain made way and although the Argentinian was linked with Arsenal, opted to join Rafael Benitez at Napoli instead.
Radamel Falcao was one of the biggest transfer’s of the summer and the Colombian striker opted for a for £50m move to AS Monaco, despite interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.