The Gunners ultimately failed in that regard, while the Argentine went on to have a wonderful career at the Nou Camp, appearing 482 times and scoring a remarkable 412 senior goals to date.
He also has 188 assists and recently added yet another Champions League trophy to his glistening collection.
In the interview, the 27-year-old was asked what type of player he would have become if he had moved to the Premier League when Arsenal tried to sign him, and he had this to say in response:
“It is hard to say, because my education would have been very different to what I have had at Barcelona, but the Premier League is obviously one of the best and most competitive in Europe.”
As it is, it seems highly unlikely Messi will ever leave Barcelona to try his hand elsewhere, leaving Arsenal to rue a missed opportunity. But in truth the Nou Camp was always destined to be his stage.
Arsenal did however benefit from signing another former Barcelona star last summer in the form of Alexis Sanchez, and with the right additions this summer, they could yet come face-to-face with Messi and his teammates in the latter stages of next season’s Champions League.