It’s a remarkable story which saw the word of the 23-year-old’s father overrule his own as he turned his back on a £10 million move to the Gunners to sign for Serie A giants Roma where he’s become one of their most important players.
However, it’s something which has worked out for the Gunners because had they pushed through that signing in the summer of 2011 several players may not have risen to prominence in the way they have.
“I had a number of offers at the time and I was set to join Arsenal. I had agreed all of the conditions that had been put into place. However, my father had given his word to Roma and therefore I opted to sign for the Giallorossi instead,” he told Avaz Sport.
It’s a signing which may also have meant the Gunners missing out on other players where Arsene Wenger has been proven right in the transfer market.
Mikel Arteta arrived from Everton to inject leadership and experience into the midfield and Santi Cazorla was one of the bargains of last season and a player Arsenal would not have signed with Pjanic in the squad.
Aaron Ramsey was also thrown into the Arsenal first team following a big money move from Cardiff City.
Perhaps Ramsey was introduced to the Arsenal first team before he was ready at the age of just 17-years-old but ask any Arsenal fan if they regret getting him and few will say yes.
If you happen to bump into Arsene Wenger then feel free to ask him who he regrets missing out on the most and he’ll probably say Bale repeatedly in a made haze rather than mention Pjanic’s name.
Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham are now being linked with a move for the Bosnian and their chances of getting him will increase if Franco Baldini moves into a technical role at White Hart Lane.
However, Arsenal shouldn’t care one little bit because missing out on him has enabled Wenger to introduce several key young players into the side because he didn’t have that luxury of Pjanic to fall back on.
In terms of literal success it probably wouldn’t have made any difference with Arsenal still looking for that first elusive trophy since the last one nearly a decade ago.
Would you take Pjanic right now? Are the club better off having missed out on him?
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