Arsenal reportedly tried to sign Vucinic in 2009 for £13m plus Bendtner

Arsene Wenger's interest in Mirko Vucinic may stem further back than we might think.

Arsenal have been reportedly attempting to tie up a deal for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic - as the struggle against Southampton this week made Arsene Wenger realise that reinforcements were needed should The Gunners want to end their long wait for silverware.

It was believed he might be on his way to London for a medical today - although that no longer seems to be the case.

Vucinic has ruled out a Juventus exit in the Italian media today:

"l'll not accept any destination. Stay and I want to give my contribution to the team."

But the Arsenal interest in Vucinic is certainly not new.

Arsene Wenger has been a fan of the talented forward for some time now - and in 2009 the Daily Mail reported as follows:

Arsenal have offered £13million plus Nicklas Bendtner for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners, eyeing a striker to replace Emmanuel Adebayor, have reportedly joined the queue of suitors for the Montenegro striker.

The report however went on to say that Wenger was ‘also keen on Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh’ and that Roma needed to sell because of financial difficulties - but that ‘Liverpool have lined up Aquilani, 25, as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, should the Spain midfielder leave for Real Madrid’

Unfortunately for Liverpool and Arsenal fans those proved to be the only correct statements in the 

Vucinic never signed for Arsenal in 2009 - instead he stayed in the capital and joined the Bianconeri in 2011.

Interestingly enough he ended up playing alongside Bendtner last season - as the Dane completed a miserable loan spell in Turin.

But the fact that Wenger was seemingly keen on the player when he was a clean shaven 25-year-old - and not the bearded 30-year-old you know today - might just give us an insight into why Wenger was making a move for him.

But it seems he will once again miss out on his man.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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