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Arsenal's fabled youth team lets another world class star pass them by

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Arsenal had Harry Kane and they let him go. More fool them.

Harry New Year!
Harry New Year!
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One of Arsene Wenger's favorite pastimes is telling the world about all of the world class players he almost signed but ultimately didn't. Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba slipped through his fingers. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Yaya Toure were passed over. Wenger seems to think this makes him look wise and worldly, when it really just makes you wonder how he had all these amazing talents on trial and failed to recognize their worth.

Added to the list of world class talents Arsenal once had within its grasp only to completely fail to grasp his value is one Harry Edward Kane. Pearls before swine indeed.

That's right, an eight year old Harry Kane was once on the books at Arsenal. Somehow, the Gooners failed to recognize the obvious talent lying dormant within his gaping maw of greatness and let him go only a year later.

But one man's trash is another man's treasure, and after a stint at Watford Kane's obvious brilliance was spotted by Spurs scouts and he was quickly snapped up by Tottenham's academy. And like Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Didier Drogba, and Yaya Toure before him, Harry Kane will surely be the latest regret on Arsenal's ever-lengthening list.

Luckily for Arsenal, their vaunted youth development has still managed to produce England great Jack Wilshere and Abou "Like a New Signing" Diaby for their first team, so they're probably not regretting this at all.