But that the Gunners medical team felt the player's Tourette's Syndrome could hinder his performance!
Wenger went for Richard Wright instead. How that impacted on Wenger's unexpected outbursts is unrecorded, but Howard has thrived.
Wilson told the Liverpool Echo: "Arsene has somebody in every country and then he sends out the guys from England, particularly Steve Rowley, to go and watch specific targets.
"Funnily enough I did once put Arsenal on to a guy. I received an email from a friend in America who said he'd found a goalie called Tim Howard. He stressed we'd have to be careful though because he suffers from Tourette's Syndrome and it's true he does have a really bad twitch.