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Arsenal tried to sign N’Golo Kanté last summer, Arsène Wenger reveals

• Midfielder instead joined Chelsea from champions Leicester City
• ‘Was it the money? I do not want to talk about that’ says Wenger

Arsène Wenger has pinpointed N’Golo Kanté as the player behind Chelsea’s nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and the Arsenal manager revealed he tried and failed to sign him from Leicester City last summer.

Wenger clammed up when he was asked for the detail on why Kante had preferred to join Chelsea from Leicester, whom he had helped to win the title in his one and only season at the club. But Wenger suggested that Chelsea’s financial clout – and Arsenal’s inability to compete with it – was a factor.

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