Wenger revealed he thought of signing Croat midfielder Luka Modric before he joined Spurs.
He said: "We knew Modric before Tottenham knew him. We played against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and he played in the same team as Eduardo against us.
"At the time we had Cesc Fabregas, not a bad player. But we were interested in Modric."
But Wenger said: "Do you think they would have sold Modric if he had one year left on his contract like Fabregas?"