It’s never nice to miss out on a transfer target, but what’s worse is when you find out that a player who went on to excel elsewhere almost signed for your club.

For Arsenal fans, there are a lot of cases of “what could have been?” as some of the best players in the world from the current era, and previous eras, have come very, very close to joining the North London side.

Of course, Gunners fans have been on the flip side of this too. For example, Alexis Sanchez was a major target for Liverpool before he decided to turn down a move to Merseyside to join Arsene Wenger’s side from Spanish giants Barcelona.

We’ve taken a look at five players who went on to become superstars elsewhere who could have been wearing the famous red and white shirt of Arsenal if things would have worked out slightly differently:

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