Lionel Messi’s former agent has previously revealed that the footballing icon was ‘tempted’ to affix Arsenal again in 2003. Barcelona introduced on Thursday night that the Argentine could be leaving the Nou Camp this month, ending a 21-year affiliation with the membership by which he notched a whopping 672 objectives and 305 assists throughout 778 video games, establishing himself as one of many best footballers of all time. However, the 34-year-old might have had a very completely different profession trajectory, with the Gunners coming near bringing him to north London again in 2003, in response to Messi’s former agent, Fabian Soldini. Soldini advised Spanish outlet Marca: “[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, however he didn’t go. “I bear in mind the day that Cesc (Fabregas) requested to depart.
“Messi was additionally requested to go, however he did not need to go away.” The aforementioned Fabregas determined to affix Arsene Wenger’s aspect but it surely might have been so completely different for the Frenchman, who noticed his aspect defeated by Barcelona within the 2006 UEFA Champions League closing, lower than three years after the Argentine rejected an opportunity to maneuver to Highbury. And Wenger revealed that he was eager to signal Fabregas, Messi and Gerard Pique all these years in the past. “We had been in discussions with [Messi] once we purchased Fabregas, as a result of Messi performed [with him],” he advised beIN SPORTS. “You can realise typically what improbable youth groups you had earlier than if you’re a membership like Barcelona. In the identical crew, Messi, [Gerard] Pique and Fabregas. “Pique and Fabregas got here to England [with Manchester United and Arsenal respectively], Messi stayed in Spain. We had been fascinated about him, however he was untouchable on the time.” The Gunners’ devoted might be kicking themselves as they almost had Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Messi all in the identical crew if the 34-year-old had have determined to affix their star-studded aspect 18 years in the past. Do you need an unique pre-season Arsenal preview – each in your inbox and thru your letterbox? Head over right here to seek out out extra and safe your copy!