Arsene Wenger Reveals How Close Arsenal Came to Signing Lionel Messi

Arsene Wenger Reveals How Close Arsenal Came to Signing Lionel Messi

Arsenal FC is an English club that competes in the Premier League. It has won many League titles, FA Cups and FA Community Shields. Arsene Wenger Managed the English club from 19996 to 2018. He brought changes in players’ diet, scouting, and training. Soccer punters can wager on Arsenal in Betway. A few years ago, Arsenal was interested in signing Lionel Messi. However, the deal didn’t go through. He is an insight into what occurred.

Lionel Messi’s Signing

Arsene Wenger met with Lionel Messi to discuss his transfer to Arsenal. The club discussed with Barcelona about the Messi’s contract. By then, the Argentine player was a teenager. He played for Barcelona’s youth team. Wenger also scouted for other talented players such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal signed Cesc Fabregas in 2003. Arsene met with Fabregas’ parents and agreed to purchase him from Barcelona. He was Arsenal’s youngest goalscorer in history. Fabregas captained the England side and made 212 appearances. He later returned to Barcelona.

Fabregas and Messi are childhood friends who have played together in the past. Arsene recently revealed that he felt it necessary to sign both Fabregas and Messi to boost his team’s attacking squad.

Unfortunately, Messi was untouchable back then. His agents didn’t want him to move to Arsenal. Barcelona offered Lionel a new contract to keep him. Wenger stated that although Messi and Ronaldo were both great players, Messi was more artistic. His creativity would help Arsenal break the defence line of any Premier League club.

The Argentine scored four goals against Wenger’s side in the 2010 Champions League tournament. Many punters who wager in Betway made a profit when Barcelona defeated Arsenal.

Messi’s Club Career

Messi had a great debut season with Barcelona in 2003. He received four Player of the Tournament awards in pre-season competitions with Juveniles B. The Argentine forward scored 18 goals in the first 11 league matches as a Juveniles A player.

Messi often dribbled past several players before scoring a goal. He joined Barcelona C to gain more experience. He helped them avoid being relegated from the Tercera Division. Barcelona signed an eight-year professional contract with him on February 4, 2004.

Messi debuted for Barcelona B on March 6, 2004. He didn’t score any goal after making five appearances with his new side that season. The Barcelona forward had to increase muscle mass and strength to tackle strong opponents. He returned to Juveniles B and helped them win the Spanish youth league.

Senior Barcelona players asked Frank Rijkaard, The team’s manager to promote Messi to the senior team. Frank promoted Lionel and moved him to the right flank. He played his first game with Barcelona Fc against Espanyol on October 16, 2004. Messi has won many awards and trophies since then.

Arsene Wenger wanted to sign Lionel Messi during his reign at Arsenal FC. He chose Messi over Ronaldo. Messi is a talented soccer player who has helped Barcelona FC win many titles and trophies. He is an artistic footballer who tackles strong opponents. Betway allows you to predict whether Messi will score a goal in a certain match.