The Frenchman has had plenty of successes where player recruitment is concerned but for every starlet who has been taken under his tutelage, there are a handful of world class names who could have – yet didn’t – join Wenger at London Colney.
One of those names is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was re-signed by Manchester United this summer for a world record fee of £89m. His performances in a United shirt have yet to live up to the eye-watering price tag and the most noteworthy contribution so far was his recent goal against Swansea in the Premier League.
Pogba has been courted by Arsenal since his days as a teenager at French side Le Havre, with Wenger beaten to the talented midfielder’s signature by his arch rival Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009.
And while that three year spell may have not worked out for Pogba in terms of game time, he now returns to Manchester as the world’s most expensive player, a commercial goldmine and fans favourite even if he has yet to replicate the form he showed at Italian giants Juventus.
“Things happened very quickly. We were interested in him,” Wenger said in 2014. “We tried to get him to come here. But he very quickly signed for Juventus.”