Arsene Wenger has admitted he was interested in signing Romelu Lukaku before he moved to Chelsea in 2011.
The Belgium international spent three years at Stamford Bridge but failed to force his way into the first team and subsequently moved to Everton in 2014.
Lukaku has been a huge success at Goodison Park and notched his 50th goal for the club back in October in a 2-0 win over West Ham.
The striker already has nine goals for the season, behind only Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero in the Premier League and Arsenal will be hoping he does not add to his tally against the Gunners.
Arsenal will come face-to-face with Lukaku and Everton on Tuesday night in the Premier Leagueand Wenger admits he is a fan of the 23-year-old.
“I knew him when he played in Belgium for Anderlecht,” Wenger said via The Metro.
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“He came very early for Chelsea, after that, when a player is at a big London club it’s difficult to get him.”
Lukaku has frequently been linked with a move away from Everton, with a desire to play Champions League football cited, and looked close to leaving in the summer.
However, he opted to remain on Merseyside and will certainly provide a threat on Tuesday night against an Arsenal side who will be forced into a defensive reshuffle due to the absence of Shkodran Mustafi through injury.