West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry admitted that he was supposed to play for Arsenal but negotiations failed.
The 36-year old is expected to mark his record 633rd Premier League game as he starts the Baggies’ Premier League meeting with Arsenal.
Ahead of the milestone occasion, Barry revealed that he came close to joining Arsenal after leaving Aston Villa for Manchester United in 2009. He also came close to Arsenal five years later but joined Everton.
“There were a couple of conversations with representatives and Arsene that he was interested,” Barry said.
“Before I was leaving Villa and when I was leaving Man City to go to Everton there was a bit of interest too. But it didn’t materialise.
“I’ve got massive respect for Arsene Wenger for what he’s done for the English game and it would have been good to work under him, but that didn’t happen.
“He deserves credit because he was ahead of the game back then.
“If you speak to people who worked with him in the late 1990s, he was seeing things and doing things that other managers in England weren’t.”