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Former Arsenal scout disagrees with Wenger over Messi transfer

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Former Arsenal talent-spotter Francis Cagigao says the Gunners weren't as close to signing Lionel Messi as Arsene Wenger would have you believe.

The tale of how close Wenger once came to tempting a young Messi to the club is one that has often been told by Gunners supporters, with the Argentinean talent one of three young stars at the Catalan club that the Gunners were looking at back in 2003.

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"I think Arsene stated while manager that we were close to signing Messi," the Gunners' former head of recruitment - who left the club this summer - told BBC Sport.

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