With the news that Mauro Icardi has ‘snubbed’ Arsenal, I thought I’d take a look at some of the players who have reportedly snubbed our club in this window, but probably haven’t.

First up, let’s start with the Inter Milan man.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi

From the first minute he was linked with Arsenal until Sunday afternoon when it was reported that he had signed a new deal with Inter, we said that he was absolutely not coming to Arsenal and that all the chatter was from his wife/agent, Wanda Nara, who was trying to get him a better deal where he was.

For a while we wobbled and thought he might go to Napoli, but it became clear very quickly that Nara was using them as well.

Both clubs needed a striker and were perfect fodder.

Did Arsenal even make a bid? Probably not.

Riyad Mahrez

OXFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City during the pre-season friendly between Oxford City and Leicester City at Kassam Stadium on July 19, 2016 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
OXFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City during the pre-season friendly between Oxford City and Leicester City at Kassam Stadium on July 19, 2016 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Mahrez is another who signed a new deal with his current club despite being linked heavily with Arsenal who were reported to have not only bid for him but agreed terms.

That’s surprising given that Claudio Ranieri said that he had received no offers for the player.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Monaco (ASM) at the Parc de l'Olympique Lyonnais in Decines-Charpieu, central eastern France, on May 7, 2016. Lyon won the match 6-1. / AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon’s French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Monaco (ASM) at the Parc de l’Olympique Lyonnais in Decines-Charpieu, central eastern France, on May 7, 2016.
Lyon won the match 6-1. / AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Although he hasn’t, at the time of writing, signed a new deal with Lyon, he is in line to be made their highest paid player. Another, surely, that snubbed Arsenal?

Well, no.

In the middle of the saga the press in Lyon were reporting that both Arsenal and Lacazette were getting fed up with the rumours because there was zero truth to them. Even the Lyon president said Arsene Wenger had no interest in his player. Besides, even if Arsenal did bid for him, it was the club that rejected the bid, and were allegedly wanting ridiculous money before they’d let him go. That’s not a ‘snub.’

Bruno Peres

during the Serie A match between Torino FC and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on April 24, 2016 in Turin, Italy.
during the Serie A match between Torino FC and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on April 24, 2016 in Turin, Italy.

The centreback signed for Roma after being linked with Arsenal all summer despite any evidence that the club had bid or were even considering it.

Antoine Griezmann

France's forward Antoine Griezmann (L) poses with a fan before a training session at their training ground in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, on June 6, 2016, ahead of the beginning of the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
France’s forward Antoine Griezmann (L) poses with a fan before a training session at their training ground in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, on June 6, 2016, ahead of the beginning of the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Yet another who signed a big new deal with his current club and yet another that it is seriously doubtful that Arsenal even made an approach for. People were still saying Arsenal wanted him after he signed a new long-term deal, like they couldn’t quite let go of their little stories.

These players will all go down in history as having ‘snubbed’ Arsenal, but how many really did?

My guess would be none. Yours?

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