Arsene Wenger has been discussing the club’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho in 2017.
The England forward left Manchester City as a teenager despite being offered a record-breaking £35,000 a week by the club to stay at their academy.
The 19-year-old has since emerged as one of the hottest prospects in world football after opting for a new challenge with Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
Wenger had turned a keen eye to Sancho prior to his move to Germany and speaking to beIN Sports, the Gunners hero talked about how he tried to convince the starlet to move to the Emirates Stadium before he made the switch to the Bundesliga.
He said: “I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games.
“I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal. He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.
“There’s something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.”
Sancho netted his first two goals for England in competitive football against Kosovo on Tuesday night.
The 19 year-old also assisted for Raheem Sterling in England’s 5-3 win which has put them in pole position to qualify for Euro 2020.