Roma defender: I could've joined Arsenal - Did Gunners miss out?

Kostas Manolas at AEK Athens

Kostas Manolas has admitted that he could easily have signed for Arsenal in the summer before moving to Roma, but would he have been good for the Gunners?

For a while during the summer it appeared that Arsenal were in pole position to sign Kostas Manolas, but in the end Roma pounced.

The Greek international defender was known to be on his way out of Olympiacos as the 2013-14 season ended and clubs began to ask for information during the World Cup.

Roma had been watching Manolas for some time, but Juventus were also keen and Arsenal entered the fray.

"Juventus came looking for me after the World Cup," the 23-year-old told Il Tempo.

"I could also have ended up at Arsenal, but I never went to London as has been reported.

"Now only Roma exist for me. I am very happy to have come here and I want to stay for many years."

Roma paid around £12.5 million for Manolas, but there are signs that he has been a wise investment.

Manolas featured in La Gazzetta dello Sport's best team of the first six weeks of the Serie A season and he played so well against Empoli, CSKA Moscow, Cagliari and Parma that the Italian press claimed that former Roma star Mehdi Benatia was forgotten at the Stadio Olimpico.

After acquitting himself well against Verona and Manchester City, Manolas chose a bad time to show his less appealing side when he was sent off against Juventus for fighting with Alvaro Morata.

The Greek star is serving a suspension for that red card but is likely to return to Roma's back line and has shown an air of authority that is much needed for the Giallorossi.

With the exception of the rush of blood against Juventus, Manolas has settled in quicker than expected and could form an imposing partnership with Leandro Castan, when he returns from injury.

With Arsenal's fans stating their anger at the lack of defensive signings in the summer at their AGM, Manolas may be the one that got away.

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