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REVEALED: Arsenal target Praet ex-trialist - here's his reaction

Arsenal's interest in Dennis Praet would mean a second chance for the Sampdoria midfielder.

The Gunners are targeting in the midfielder, along with his teammate Joachim Anderson.

However, Praet spent time on trial with Arsenal as a teenager and has featured against them in the Champions League.

Speaking about his time at Arsenal back in 2014, Praet told HLN: "I was 16 when I went to do a trial at Arsenal

"I played a match with the reserves, I visited the training complex and I went through training with the first team. I never met Arsene Wenger.

"The move to Arsenal fell through because I gave priority to school. Absolutely 100% I wanted to finish my school and at Anderlecht I could make the perfect combination."

Wenger was asked about Praet's time at the club after he faced them for Anderlecht.

The Frenchman said: "When he was 15 or 16 years old, he came with Kyle Ebecilio who, in between, went back to Holland.

"At the time, he was judged – I didn't know he was here, I didn't know him at the time – a bit weak physically.

"Since then he has developed well. I was honestly impressed by his performance when we played in the first game."


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