It turns out the Chelsea midfielder was put on a plate for the French boss as Kante's boyhood club JS Suresnes struggled to find him a new team in 2010.
Speaking with Sportbible, Wenger was asked which player he regrets not signing the most.
"At the end of my career, N'Golo Kante," he replied.
"Easy, because he played for a club in Paris that's called Suresnes where one of my best friends is director and he told me 'Please, I have a player we know that is unbelievable. Nobody wants him in France'.
"He took him in his car and travelled with him from club to club. And finally, a club from division three in France (Boulogne) took N'Golo Kante.
"It's an unbelievable story. You could make a film about him as well.
"He is somebody you don't find often. He wins the ball without making a foul and straight away, he moves that ball forward."
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