By Harvey Byrne

Arsene Wenger has shared that he was aware of Everton star Romelu Lukaku when the player was in Belgium.

However, he conceded that once Chelsea had made an early move he was too difficult to sign.

The 23-year-old striker was one of Europe’s brightest prospects after breaking into Anderlecht in 2009 at the age of 16.

He played in 98 fixtures for the Belgian giants, scoring 41 goals and was highly sought after by football’s powerhouses.

Cheslea won the battle for his signature in a £10million deal, rising to £17million with add-ons in 2011.

However, he struggled at the Blues and just three years later he completed a club record £28million move to Everton.

He is set face Wenger’s Arsenal team on Tuesday evening at Goodison Park and the manager has stated that he was aware of him before he became a household name.

“I knew him when he played in Belgium,” told Wenger to reporters ahead of the Everton meeting, as quoted by Goal.

“He came to Chelsea very early and, once a player is at a big London club, it’s difficult for us to get him.”

Lukaku has been a star of the Everton team since joining with 70 goals in 142 appearances for the club.

He has been one of the bright lights in a poor Toffees campaign with nine goals in 15 appearances this term.

The powerful striker scored two goals in the recent 3-2 defeat against Watford on Saturday and he will be eager to put the Arsenal defence to the sword as well.

In other Arsenal news, fans have reacted on Twitter to reports stating these two players have agreed new deals.