Arsenal FC: Cristiano Ronaldo and 4 Other Players Who Nearly Joined the Club

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Arsenal FC: Cristiano Ronaldo and 4 Other Players Who Nearly Joined the Club
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Throughout the last decade, Arsene Wenger has had his finger firmly on the pulse of world football talent. Sometimes, his keen eye yields gems like Cesc Fabregas, but sometimes he barely misses landing the player he wants.

Unfortunately, there have been a few of these in recent years for a various reasons. And as a further slap in the face, some of them have been world-class players. You can't prevent it or lament it after the fact, but it is somewhat sad to reflect on what might have been.

So, if you didn't know about these almost-greats already, you can now envision a team with these marquee names that came within an inch or two of wearing the cannon.

On the other hand, they probably would have left for Manchester City anyway.

Enjoy.

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