Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he tried to bring England prodigy Jadon Sancho to the Emirates Stadium.
Sancho made the switch to Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 and has proved to be a sensational acquisition for the German club. This season, he's been one of the standout players in the Bundesliga despite his tender years.
Speaking about the player on beIN Sports (h/t Goal), Wenger outlined how he sought to buy the winger before he left City for the German giants:
"I wanted to sign him from Man City when he wasn't getting games. I tried to lure him because he is from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.
"He is one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance. There is something in there that is part of the big players."
Wenger was speaking as a pundit on beIN Sports during Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matches. Here is more of what the Arsenal icon had to say about his pursuit of the former City star:
The 18-year-old was in action in European football's elite club competition on Wednesday, although it was a difficult night for an injury-ravaged Dortmund side at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur, as they slumped to a disappointing 3-0 loss.
The Three Lions star posted the following message on social media following the Spurs defeat:
Good to be back in London but tough game and not the result we wanted today.. It’s not over !! we’ll keep fighting till the end. Massive thanks to our travelling fans! #JS7 @BVB pic.twitter.com/XPjIVC6X8N— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) February 14, 2019
Although he was on the losing side, there were flashes of pace, skill and invention from Sancho that illustrate why so many are excited about what he can accomplish in the game.
As Miguel Delaney of The Independent relayed, Sancho outshone Chelsea-bound team-mate Christian Pulisic on the night:
Pulisic has tonight been all functional straight lines to Sancho's creative unpredictable squiggles.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) February 13, 2019
The Scouted Football account noted there were a few trademark dashes infield from the right flank from the youngster:
Jadon Sancho has been doing Jadon Sancho things at Wembley this evening.— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) February 13, 2019
Set free on the right-hand side on a couple of occasions, twisting and turning, tying the Spurs defenders in knots.
The only thing missing is end product, so far. pic.twitter.com/BSOPhcn7fK
While the end product may not have been there on Wednesday, that's not been the case for him this season, with his composure and decision-making in the final third setting him apart from so many other players in his age group.
In what has been his first season as a starter at Dortmund, Sancho has chalked up seven goals and nine assists in German football's top flight, helping his side to the summit of the Bundesliga table.
It would have been intriguing to see how Sancho would have fared at Arsenal, albeit he may have ended up in the Bundesliga anyway. Two of Gunners' brightest young players in Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson are on loan at RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim, respectively.