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Was It The Biggest Mistake By Arsenal In Recent Years?

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World Cup winner and Spain centurion David Silva has proven himself to be one of the world’s best players over the past decade.

Arsenal turned down the chance to sign one of the Premier League’s best players, it has been revealed.

World Cup winner and Spain centurion David Silva has proven himself to be one of the world’s most talented playmakers over the past decade.

His seven years at Manchester City have seen him play crucial roles in two Premier League title wins, while he has also picked up a number of individual awards.

But Silva could have been playing for Arsenal now, had they not snubbed the chance to sign him.

Arsenal regularly scouted Silva back in 2004 when he was on loan at Eibar from Valencia.

The Gunners’ Spanish scout Francis Cagagio, responsible for the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin, was told to profile him with a view to making a bid.

But the source reports that Arsenal eventually decided not to sign Silva, then 19, because they thought he would never be able to handle the physicality of English football.

After a second loan spell, Silva established himself as a key man at Valencia before moving to Manchester City for £26million in 2010.