Arsene Wenger has revealed the club attempted to seal a deal for Romelu Lukaku to join Arsenal ahead of the striker’s transfer to Chelsea in 2011.

Ahead of the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Everton on Saturday, Wenger was questioned about speculation which linked the Belgian to Arsenal a few years ago.

Lukaku, who has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season, was rumoured to have attracted the interest of Arsenal before Chelsea were later confirmed as his next destination after Anderlecht accepted a £10 million offer.

According to Wenger, the gossip about the 22-year-old back then was true.

“Yes, we have known him since he was in Belgium but at the time he opted to go for Chelsea,” said Wenger.

“I agree he is developing well and year after year he is better. His finishing is better, his technical link with players is better and he is promising to have a big career because that is always a sign if year after year he gets better numbers.

“No [we did not move for him once he was at Chelsea] because he went out on loan and I did expect him to go back to Chelsea, so after that we are never on the case.”

With another striker in PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to be available this summer, Wenger was asked about the prospect of the Swedish international becoming an Arsenal player.

“We have other worries at the moment. It’s short term and we are not on Zlatan’s case.” the Frenchman said


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