By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is an admirer of Owen Hargreaves and once considered making a move for him.

The England international was one of the hottest properties in Europe after winning four titles and the Champions League with Bayern Munich. But he has spent much of his time nursing injuries since swapping the Bundesliga for Manchester in 2007.

Having spent four years at Man United, Hargreaves was offered a one-year contract by their city rivals and he could feature in the Carling Cup Quarter-Final at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Wenger admires the 30-year-old's mental fortitude.

"It's hard to miss years through injury," he told Arsenal Player. "When they come back it shows great mental strength and Owen Hargreaves has that. He was a regular in the England national team and now for years he has not played at all. Everybody is happy to see him back.

"When he played at Bayern Munich we followed him very closely but it was big transfer - I think he was sold to Manchester United for £17 million at the time and he only had one year left on his contract. So we didn't move in for him at that time.

"In the summer [when he moved to City] we considered it but we had players like Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin coming back. We have Alex Song and Abou Diaby in these defensive positions so we were not really in the need."

The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.

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28 Nov 2011