Arsene Wenger: This was my greatest signing at Arsenal

Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars, Patrick Vieira? The Gunners boss singles out his number one.

Arsene Wenger has singled out one signing during his time as Arsenal boss as his greatest - and the result may surprise you.

The Frenchman has signed a barrage of world-class players during his time as Gunners boss, ranging from Thierry Henry and Robert Pires to Marc Overmars and Patrick Vieira - and far, far more.

But, when asked to single out one name, Wenger suggested... Lauren.

The right-sided Cameroonian joined Arsenal in 2000 and formed part of the side that went unbeaten in the Premier League during the 2003-04 season.

"I’d never say which player was the best but I think it’s the signings like Lauren who you spot when nobody else does," Wenger told an Arsenal sponsor when asked who his greatest signing was.

"He was a right midfielder who I played at right back and was one of 'the Invincibles'.

And the Frenchman also revealed he came close to signing former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

"My biggest regret, I was so close, to signing Cristiano Ronaldo," he said, "and not only did I not get him he signed for Manchester United, so that of course still hurts today."

Arsenal travel to Aston Villa on Saturday, following a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during midweek.

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