Date: 29th November 2011 at 5:16pm
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Arsene Wenger has revealed how he thought about buying Owen Hargreaves when he was still at Bayern Munich before he joined Manchester United. Wenger admits that at that time, Munich were asking too much for Hargreaves.

But fats forward to this past summer and Wenger has admitted again that he thought about signed Hargreaves again. “It’s hard to miss years through injury,” said Wenger. “When they come back it shows great mental strength and Owen Hargreaves has that.

“He was a regular in the England national team and now for years he has not played at all. Everybody is happy to see him back.

“When he played at Bayern Munich we followed him very closely but it was a big transfer,” he continued. “I think he was sold to Manchester United for £17million at the time and he only had one year left on his contract.

“So we didn’t move in for him at that time. In the summer, you consider it but we had players like Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin coming back [to Arsenal] – Alex Song and Abou Diaby in these defensive positions where we were not really in need.”