Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted Fabinho’s name was ‘on the table’ before the Brazilian signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2018.
The Spaniard made the admission when discussing club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, who still needs time to adapt to the Premier League in the eyes of his manager.
Emery used Fabinho as an example, noting that he rarely featured at Anfield for the first few months before emerging as a key player for Jurgen Klopp.
Fabinho – signed from AS Monaco for £43.7 million (Sky Sports) – has really nailed down the holding midfield role and appears to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for Liverpool.
The Brazilian’s rise has been impressive to watch, and he could well become a big regret for Arsenal fans off the back of Emery’s admission.
TBR’s view – Fabinho non-transfer could haunt Arsenal
Fabinho is the kind of player Arsenal have been crying out for for years.
Not only does he provide steel to protect the back four, but there is also an impressive elegance about the South American when in possession.
Ultimately though, his combativeness and tenacity are his best traits and Arsenal haven’t really had such a player since the Patrick Vieira days.
It will remain a mystery how close the Gunners actually came to landing Fabinho, but there’s a real chance he could go on to become a legend at Anfield and help the team to multiple trophies down the years.