Antoine Griezmann says he’ll never join Arsenal after the club pulled the plug on a proposed move four years ago.
The France international was 21 and on the books of Real Sociedad when he was linked with a big money switch to the Emirates; a move that he was seemingly keen on making.
Having been kept on tenterhooks by Gilles Grimandi during initial contact, Griezmann was eventually let down by Wenger. When the Arsenal boss changed his mind at a later date, he was given short shrift by the attacker.
Writing in his new autobiography, Griezmann, who eventually moved to Atletico Madrid where he has sealed a reputation as one of the continent’s biggest stars, makes clear the situation left him feeling jilted.
“I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting,” he writes. “When there was no news, Eric [Olhats, his former advisor] called [Gilles, Arsenal scout] Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.
“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.
“So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”
Arsenal eventually signed an injured Kim Kallstrom on a free transfer during the same window…so in fairness, all’s well that ends well.
We didn’t miss out. Not at all.