Borussia Mönchengladbach star Ramy Bensebaini has stated that he was on the verge of joining Arsenal back in 2013 after he spent a month training with the club.
Bensebaini emerged as a man in demand across Europe after tasting success at the African Cup of Nations with Algeria in 2019, but six years previously he was training under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger at their London Colney base.
Now 24-years-old, he has developed into a player who can operate as a defensive midfielder and central defender in addition to his natural position of left-back.
Wenger and Arsenal were apparently impressed with the potential they saw in Bensebaini and were prepared to offer him a contract to join the Emirates outfit.
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But sadly for him the move fell through when it emerged that he didn't meet the strict criteria which effects foreign players applying for work permits to play for Premier League clubs.
“I trained there with the first team for a month and they were also ready to offer me a contract,” he said in an interview with Sport Buzzer.
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“At the time, it failed because of the rules in England. The clubs can only hire players from abroad who have played a certain number of international matches. I didn’t meet it [the criteria] then.”
Bensebaini almost joined Everton two years ago when he was gearing up to leave Rennes, where he had made his name making 98 appearances over three seasons.
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A source close to the player told Starsport the Toffees were nearing a £13.3m deal for the Algeria international in July 2018, but he ended up staying for another year before moving to Mönchengladbach for £7m.
Arsenal, meanwhile, overcame a spirited display from relegation-threatened West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday, with VAR crediting Alexandre Lacazette with the winner in a 1-0 victory.
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