Remember when Ricky Alvarez almost joined Arsenal?
Back in early 2011 he courted a lot of praise when he helped his Argentine club Velez Sarsfield reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
The attacking midfielder's performances were enough to attract the attention of Europe's big clubs, and with his contract expiring at the end of the calendar year, he was highly coveted at a knockdown price. Arsenal were heavily linked with the player, with it even reported in May 2011, that 'Alvarez becomes first summer signing of the transfer window.'
The report proved to be false, and a fortnight later he signed for Inter Milan. It hasn't gone well, with a variety of managers failing to get the best out of him, and injury problems hampering his progress, and as recently as December he was linked with signing for the Gunners.
But last night, finally at long last, he made it to North London.
Only it wasn't to sign at the Emirates, it was to play for Inter Milan against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the game ended in defeat and he missed a real sitter.
Televised live, it was the first opportunity for many Arsenal fans who do not follow Serie A regularly to watch him in action, and they had plenty to say about the man who could have signed for them...
@1_am_zlatan: Glad Ricky Alvarez didn't join Arsenal a couple of years back, hasn't blossomed in Europe.
@jimmv38: Expensive bullet dodged with Alvarez. would have been another poor expensive addition to the Arsenal squad.
@djofils: Is this the same Ricky Alvarez people killed Wenger for not buying him????
@_davidafc: Arsenal were so close to getting Alvarez.. We dodged a bullet
@bkis90: Am sooo glad inter beat arsenal to the signing of ricky alvarez
@superjohna07: The Alvarez Wenger wanted, The Alvarez playing at Inter. SMH
@mala_chy: Didn't Arsenal want Alvarez? He's bloody garbage. Love Cassano though, only decent player for inter besides Zanetti.
@zegooner: ricky alvarez been really poor, i wanted him at arsenal i was also irritated we missed out on him and so did most others lol
@michaelstanbra: I'm glad arsenal didn't get Ricky Alvarez
@goonermatt1886: Ricky Alvarez the player Arsenal were close to getting with a shocker!
@man20dan: Wow Alvarez really cocked that up. I am glad he never came to Arsenalafter all !
@mizanrahmanox: Arsenal were going to sign Ricky Alvarez? Lol!
@holyfutbol: Remember when we were favourites to sign Alvarez. I'd say we dodged the bullet, but he would have progressed better at Arsenal most likely
@wittygooner: Ricky Alvarez showing that he does indeed have Arsenal DNA, by missing a sitter.
@tc_gooner: Now I see why we were in for Ricky Alvarez. He really does look anArsenal player.
@temiokomi: Dear Arsenal scouts. Suck one lemon, the lot of you! Whoever recommended this Alvarez kid initially, should be axed. Jeeze..
@chivalrous_gent: Can't say Arsenal dodged a bullet with Ricky Alvarez. We bought Gervinho instead.
So did Arsenal really dodge a bullet on Alvarez?
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