Arsene Wenger reveals how close Arsenal came to signing Kylian Mbappe

The Arsenal manager reveals he came agonisingly close to signing Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe last season

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was at Kylian Mbappe’s house last year as the Arsenal manager looked to sign the Monaco forward.

The 18-year-old has become one of the most-exciting prospects in European football following his stunning performances in the Champions League this season.

Mbappe has scored five goals in seven appearances in Europe’s premier club competition this term, including efforts against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

The teenager has also netted 14 times in 25 games in his breakthrough season in the Ligue 1 campaign to attract interest from Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester United.

Robert Pires backed Arsenal to win the race to sign Mbappe last month despite the north London side’s well-documented struggles in the current campaign.

Now, Wenger has shed light on how close Arsenal came to sign Mbappe on a free transfer last summer.

“The player would tell you that I was at his home last year to try to get him here,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“Because he was at the end of [his] contract but Monaco managed to keep him and the decision was very, very tight.

“But I could understand it as well because he was educated there and at the end decided to stay there.’

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Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table after a 2-0 loss to rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon.

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