Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal were interested in signing Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku who was on the club’s radar until Chelsea signed him in 2011.
Lukaku signed for Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 after impressing in the Belgium league in the early days of his career. The Belgian scored an astonishing 33 goals for Anderlecht in 73 games as a teenager before Chelsea signed him for a whopping £17m.
However, the 23-year-old failed to make a career at Chelsea, appearing just 10 times in the Premier League before the leaving the club permanently in 2014 summer for Everton.
After failed to make an impression under Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea Lukaku had brief loan spells in his times at the Premier League at West Brom and Everton before the permanent switch. The striker has till now scored 69 goals in 163 appearances in the English top-flight during his time at all the clubs. Lukaku was also on the scoresheet twice when they suffered a defeat against 3-2 this weekend. The former Chelsea man was linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer but finally has remained on the Blue half of Merseyside.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Everton in the midweek fixture this week where they will come up against Lukaku, Wenger has confirmed he was keeping his eye on the striker but his move to west London scuppered any potential transfer.
“I knew him when he played in Belgium for Anderlecht,” Wenger said.
“He came very early for Chelsea, after that, when a player is at a big London club it’s difficult to get him.”
Arsenal are currently third in the table carrying an unbeaten run in their last 14 league games only after losing against Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League this season and now Wenger will be hopeful to carry on the run for more days when they will visit ninth-placed Everton this midweek who only won once in their last eight league matches.