I Tried To Sign Kante Twice – Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he had tried to buy Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante twice, saying the reason he did not join the Gunners “is quite obvious when you look where he has gone”.

Kante has played a key role in Chelsea’s rise to the top of the table this season and appears well placed to collect a second Premier League medal in May.

The 25-year-old will come face-to-face with the Gunners at Saturday lunchtime and Wenger said: “I tried to sign Kante when he was in France and when he was at Leicester.

“We cannot explain everything – transfers are transfers – but it is quite obvious when you look at where he has gone.

“I believe Kante has had a huge impact. It’s no coincidence Chelsea are where they are and Leicester did what they did last season.”

Earlier this season Arsenal beat the Blues 3-0 at the Emirates and, looking back on that match, Wenger added: “Maybe for them it was a little bit of a wake-up call.

“(Antonio) Conte (Chelsea manager) managed to change things.”

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