The 18-year-old Frenchman is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting attacking prospects and he was heavily linked with a number of clubs before his move from Monaco to PSG was confirmed.
Now, the teenage attacker has revealed that he came close to joining Arsenal after holding a meeting with Arsene Wenger, before opting for a transfer to Parc des Princes.
Mbappe told the Daily Telegraph: “I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players.
“This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.
“We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make.
“It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”
Arsenal were linked with a host of players throughout the summer transfer window but the Gunners ended up only signing two new players ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Wenger brought in striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon and defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.
Arsenal have made a disastrous start to the new season, with the Gunners losing two of their three opening games to leave them in 16th place in the Premier League table.
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