Would Nuri Sahin have been a hit with Arsenal rather than Liverpool?

Nuri Sahin Penalty

The Turkey international has stated that he has come close to joining the Gunners on a number of occasions in his career.

Arsenal entertain a talented Borussia Dortmund outfit in the Champions League tonight, with one man in the visiting midfield apparently a familiar face to Arsene Wenger.

Nuri Sahin, who spent an ill-fated loan spell at Liverpool last season, has indicated that he has been close to signing for the team he will line up against tonight on a couple of occasions.

"There were three times in my career,” said Sahin.

"The first was when I was 16 and then last summer we spoke, but in the end I signed for Liverpool. That is football."

Sahin made his name as a critical player for Dortmund in their 2010-11 Bundesliga title success, and his outstanding performances earned him a move to Real Madrid.

However, it never quite worked out for the German-born midfielder in the Spanish capital and he switched to Liverpool last term on loan in search of first-team football.

However, Sahin found the going tough on Merseyside, and only ended up playing seven Premier League games before being sent back to the Santiago Bernabeu after six months.

Sahin has returned to Dortmund on a long-term loan deal since, and seems to be back in his element again at Signal Iduna Park. But why does the Turk only play well for Dortmund? And would he have been a good signing for Arsenal?

When Sahin arrived at Anfield, many thought that his addition was an inspired piece of business by Brendan Rodgers. Recalling his Dortmund days, the Kop were set to have a midfield general of true class to bolster their squad.

The truth is that Sahin struggled to settle at Liverpool, and was often overlooked due to the presence of Steven Gerrard and others.

If he had moved to Arsenal, it is likely that the midfielder would have suffered the same fate, with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey commanding a regular first-team berth.

There may well have been more of a consistent opportunity for Sahin to play at the Emirates though due to Arsenal’s injury concerns last term and it could have suited him better given the brand of football the Londoners play.

However, it seems that Sahin is most suited to playing in the Bundesliga and has obviously become a key figure in the Dortmund set-up since moving back to the club.

Arsenal will hope that missing out on the Turk in the transfer window does not come back to haunt them tonight.

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