Gunners wanted Blues hitman this summer.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal tried to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa while he was still at Atletico Madrid, according to the Daily Star.
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The Spaniard is currently the leading scorer in the Premier League after a superb start to life in England, and Wenger admits that he wanted to bring him to the Emirates Stadium before Chelsea won the race for his signature early in the transfer window.
Asked if he wanted to sign Costa, Wenger said: “Yes, but that was a deal that was struck early.
“Costa has done fantastically well, I must say. I am impressed by how well he has done.
“He has all the aspects of a striker that I like. He is focussed, always determined and ready for a fight.”