We look at four potential players that Arsenal missed out on after Arsene Wenger admitted coming up short in the summer.
Today sees Arsenal conduct their annual general meeting and as usual manager Arsene Wenger was there to talk throughout proceedings.
The French boss has, in recent times, been the centre of attention for these events, as people ask whether he will get a new contract and whether the club might move on from the Wenger era. That did not seem to be the case this time around. The FA Cup win last season has suitably appeased the dissenters for now.
Instead it was the future of the team that was on the agenda.
Wenger was discussing his summer transfer dealings when he let it slip that they did miss out on a player during the summer.
Despite signing Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Danny Welbeck something was missing.
"We bought good players, I believe we've done remarkably well in the transfer market. We wanted one more player, but couldn't. We will try to rectify that in January."
So who might it have been?
Here are four potential names that Arsene Wenger had to scratch off his list this summer.
The obvious name. The Real Madrid midfield enforcer is a player Arsenal need, as they lack physicality in the middle of the park.
After a sensational World Cup it is no surprise if The Gunners wanted him - especially with his contract expiring next summer.
They might get him in January - although Chelsea are said to be keen.
Another strong midfielder, Arsenal were heavily linked with a late interest in the £37 million man.
However they were never willing to pay that much for the Portuguese international so no deal ever happened.
Could Sporting be tempted in January?
After selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona Arsenal needed another central defender - this young Greek talent immediately appeared on the radar.
However, before any move caught fire, he went elsewhere - joining Italian side AS Roma.
The PSG youngster may have a reputation for trouble, but it might just be worth the gamble.
He is currently not in contention in the French capital after internal conflicts with the club and Roma are keen to give Arsenal the jump on this move as well.
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