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Arsene Wenger reveals biggest Cristiano Ronaldo ‘regret’ after Manchester United transfer triumph – Manchester Evening News

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he regrets not being able to have added Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo to his Invincibles squad.

Wenger guided Arsenal to the Premier League title during the 2003/04 season in sensational fashion, watching his side go the entirety of the campaign without losing a single game – a feat that has not since been matched.

The Gunners won 26 of their 38 league games, drawing the remaining 12, meaning they won the title with 90 points to their name, 11 points clear of nearest challengers Chelsea in second.

Despite Arsenal’s squad being packed to the rafters with talent that season, including the likes of Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, Wenger has admitted that he would have loved to have been able to add a young, exciting Ronaldo to his squad.

The Portuguese star was close to joining Arsenal at the age of 18 but ended up making the switch to Old Trafford instead.

“At that time it was [Cristiano] Ronaldo,” Wenger told talkSPORT, speaking at the premiere of a new film ‘ Arsene Wenger: Invincible ’ on Tuesday evening.

“He played at Man United in 2004, and he’s one of the players I regret not to have signed because we were very close.”

At the time, Ronaldo had burst onto the scene at Sporting Lisbon and was beginning to make a real name for himself, sparking interest from the likes of Arsenal and United.

United signed Ronaldo in August 2003 and immediately embarked on what has proven to be a career about which most players can only dream. He has won more than 30 major honours for club and country.

Since returning to Old Trafford in the summer, the 36-year-old has netted nine goals in 12 games in all competitions.

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