How did we miss out on him! He's in our ******* kit ! pic.twitter.com/tp8QoZ0WPp— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 10, 2015
Yaya Toure's dominant display for Manchester City against West Brom reminded Arsenal legend Ian Wright of the fact the Gunners so nearly could have signed him.
As Wright pointed out via his Twitter page after Toure scored a superb goal to put City 2-0 up, the powerful midfielder even wore an Arsenal shirt, playing a trial game for the club against Barnet in 2003.
Add to that his brother Kolo Toure was at Arsenal at the time, the midfielder really is one that got away for the Gunners.
He went onto play for Barcelona, winning the Champions League in 2009, before signing with Manchester City, where he has won two Premier League titles - and so on his part has little reason for regret.
For Arsenal he could have been the player they badly needed over the years, and Arsene Wenger admitted last year losing out on Toure was still a big disappointment, blaming the Ivory Coast midfielder's impatience.
He told Arsenal.com: "It would be up at the top [of my list of regrets]. But let's not forget that Yaya Toure had an agreement with us - and it's not because we did not want to sign him that he went to Ukraine.
“We needed to wait for his passport in Belgium. We have made mistakes but he is not a mistake, it's just the fact that he preferred to go to Metalurh Donetsk. He could go there without any passport.”
That doesn't make it any easier for Wright and the countless Arsenal fans to take, only serving to underline just how close he got.