Arsenal have missed out on the signing of French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia to Inter Milan, who confirmed the transfer on their official website on Monday.
Kondogbia was one of the most sought after players in Europe, with French website Le10Sport reporting that 10 of Europe's top clubs were chasing him.
It is a real coup therefore for Inter to snap him up, given they have no Champions League football on offer next season.
The Champions League was where Kondogbia showed his class last season, particularly in a stunning 3-1 win away to Arsenal in which he scored the opening goal and was a force defensively.
|Team||Passing Accuracy||Chances Created||Interceptions||Tackles||Goals||Mins Played|
|Geoffrey Kondogbia vs Arsenal at The Emirates||Monaco||92%||1||3||6||1||90|
Kondogbia had also stood out against the Gunners in pre-season at The Emirates Cup, and is a player manager Arsene Wenger has confessed to being a big fan of. HITC reported comments Wenger made in a match programme last August stating the Frenchman was 'just behind Pogba' in terms of ability.
It was reported last week out of Italy, via Sky Italia and published online by Tuttomercatoweb that Arsene Wenger had made contact with the midfielder over a potential switch.
Wenger seemingly elected not to pursue the deal any further, but the issue may have been financial, with the Arsenal boss known for not wanting to pay over the odds for what he considers market value for a player.
Kondogbia signing with Inter has resultantly left plenty of Arsenal fans expressing their frustrations with the Frenchman. Here is a look at some of their reactions via Twitter...
This kondogbia's move to Inter hurts man. Whaza hell is wenger doing. This would've been the cupboard to match chelsea's cupboard(matic).— OTTIH (@realottih) June 22, 2015
Kondogbia agrees to join inter....my God!! WTF!! Wats Wenger doing???? #AFC— pre. cyril onose (@rosuo) June 22, 2015
Classic wenger ....... . We are not suprised !!!!! "@KoloKennethK: So, Wenger scouted Kondogbia for Inter ehn?"— Captain Evabeta (@MISTATEE_TEGA) June 22, 2015
Disappointed with wenger a bit cos he couldn't sign kondogbia such a quality player.— Danial Marin (@DanialMarin) June 22, 2015
what i know is that if Wenger wants Kondogbia and bids 28m then theres no way Inter would sign him, Kondogbia wld run to London— Akpata Esq. (@mcspella) June 22, 2015
So I count £75m in imaginary money saved by not signing Kondogbia or Martinez. Great transfer window by Wenger so far.— David Hylander (@davidafc) June 22, 2015
Kondogbia was the one central midfielder we needed, dominated our own midfield in the champions league and Wenger passes up on him :(— David Cameron (@LeedsRav1) June 22, 2015
Wenger best have something lined up to let go off Kondogbia...— Fiddy (@GoldenBalls_) June 21, 2015
Not all supporters are so critical of Wenger, placing their trust in the Frenchman, confident he will have alternatives lined up, or did not move for a reason...
I can bet you Wenger didn't even bid for Kondogbia. Joining Inter shows no big club wanted him— Maduka (@fidvictor) June 22, 2015
Arsenal fans seem to forget, we always sign players. Obviously, Wenger will sign people. Kondogbia isn't needed.— A James to Remember (@All_Time_Lozil) June 22, 2015
Disappointed Kondogbia is on his way to Italy, would have loved him to come to us, sure Wenger will have something up his sleeve— Liam East (@liamH_east) June 22, 2015
Missed out on Kondogbia who had one good game against us. Wenger Out etc. etc.— OzilOnTheLeft (@OzilOnTheLeft) June 21, 2015
Kondogbia. Is good but that money not worth it. Thats y i love Arsene Wenger hes gonna price the guy so low n get him— PlanterGanja™ (@ISamcyn) June 21, 2015
Kondogbia going to Inter according to some is Wenger failing. Just maybe if you think about it, Kondogbia will be guaranteed starting spot— ? (@bajankris) June 21, 2015