Arsenal discussed deal with Messi and I regret not signing him – Wenger

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Lionel Messi

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has revealed the club were in talks to sign Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi from Barcelona back in 2003.

The Gunners brought Cesc Fabregas over from the Catalan capital the same year and and the former boss said he regret not persisting with a deal to bring in Messi also.

“You have to live with regrets in life, you know,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

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“There’s only unachieved business in life and this is a big part of it.

“We were in discussions with [Messi] when we bought Fabregas because Messi played [with him].

“You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you used to have when you’re a club like Barcelona,” he mentioned.

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“In the same team, Messi, [Gerard] Pique and Fabregas.

“Pique and Fabregas came to England, Messi stayed in Spain.

“We were interested in him, but he was untouchable at the time, Wenger said

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