Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal came close to signing Chelsea winger Eden Hazard two years ago.
The Belgian was the subject of a mass scramble for his signature in 2012 after deciding to leave Ligue 1 club Lille, as the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal all competed with the Blues for the 23-year-old.
Eventually Chelsea clinched the £32 million signing and the winger has gone on to become a key player for the west Londoners, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award this campaign.
Wenger told BeIN Sports: "Yes, I wanted to take him. I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn't make.
"He can be one of the players who grows into the [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo stature if he continues to develop well."