Arsene Wenger reveals he tried to sign N’Golo Kante

Kante has played a key role in Chelsea’s rise to the top of the table this season and appears well placed to collect a second Premier League medal in May.

The 25-year-old will come face-to-face with the Gunners at Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, and Wenger said: “I tried to sign Kante when he was in France and when he was at Leicester.

“We cannot explain everything – transfers are transfers – but it is quite obvious when you look at where he has gone.

“I believe Kante has had a huge impact. It’s no coincidence Chelsea are where they are and Leicester did what they did last season.”

Earlier this season Arsenal beat the Blues 3-0 at the Emirates and, looking back on that match, Wenger added: “Maybe for them it was a little bit of a wake-up call.

“(Antonio) Conte (Chelsea manager) managed to change things.”

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