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What if: Harry Kane had stayed at Arsenal

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2.99K   //    30 Apr 2017, 11:15 IST
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on April 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
One can imagine Wenger would have loved to have Kane

In May 2004, a 10-year-old boy from Chingford, London dyed his hair red and joined Arsenal fans as they celebrated the invincibles' title parade. He had joined the Arsenal youth academy when he was 8 years old but was released after just one season. A few months later, he joined the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy – and went on to make sure the Gunners regretted their decision.

 

On 15 April 2017, Harry Kane became the fourth player in Premier League history to score 20 goals in three consecutive seasons, after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy. Meanwhile, Wenger has been busy trying out Giroud, Sanchez and Walcott one after the other in the Centre Forward position, in an effort to coax the best out of his team.

 

One can imagine Wenger would have loved to have Kane. After Robin van Persie left in 2012, that gap has never been truly filled; Harry Kane could have made a seamless transition as the team's spearhead in attack.

How different would the football world be if Kane had stayed at Arsenal? In this edition of our 'What-if' series, we examine precisely that – read on to find out:


#5 There would be no Leicester magic

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Leicester reacts to Leicester City's Premier League Title Success on May 03, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
With Harry Kane in their ranks, Arsenal could have taken advantage of off-seasons for the Manchester clubs and Chelsea
 

Leicester's Premier League title success of 2016 is one of the most incredible achievements in sporting history. But the ardent premier league fans among us know that the true underlying story was one of simultaneous underachievement by all of the league's big guns.

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81 points would not have been enough to clinch the title in any of the previous five seasons, let alone clinch it by 10 points.

With Harry Kane in their ranks, Arsenal could have taken advantage of off-seasons for the Manchester clubs and Chelsea. After all, it's not like the points tally required to win the title was enormous; Arsenal themselves had accrued a points tally of 79 just a couple of seasons before.

 

A ruthless finisher like Harry Kane could have made all the difference between losses and draws and between draws and victories. Arsenal would have clinched their first league title since 2004, and we would not have had a fairytale story worth remembering for generations.

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