Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law has revealed the club were plotting moves for Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois before they joined Chelsea.
Courtois made the move to Chelsea in 2011 from Genk, while Hazard joined a year later in a big-money move from Lille.
Law, who was nicknamed the transfer fixer at Arsenal after spending 13 years working for them between 2005 and 2018, admitted they desperately wanted to sign both players but were restricted by the club's tight finances.
“We had the financial muscle, but the risk-reward calculation wasn't clear,' he told GOAL. “Spending a lot of money on a player that didn't work out would have really put the club in some financial straits.
“Did we miss out on talents? Certainly. I remember sitting in meetings with Steve [Rowley], Ivan [Gazidis] and Arsene [Wenger] and gnashing our teeth over Thibaut Courtois. We knew he was good.
“Eden Hazard as well, we wanted to do that deal. But there was a sense of responsibility and running the club prudently, all the time knowing that every £1 we spent we had to act as if it was our money. It was very, very difficult.”
Both players are currently with Real Madrid in their preseason camp.