Arsene Wenger didn't think Monaco would sell Anthony Martial

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When it comes to promising French teenagers, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger never misses a trick. He has plucked Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires from obscurity and turned them into world-class performers.

And despite having more money to spend than ever, Wenger still can't resist a dip into the French transfer market, securing the services of Lens youngsters Yassin Fortune and Jeff Reine-Adelaide in the summer.

Arsenal fans are, therefore, baffled by the presence of Anthony Martial at Old Trafford. The 19-year-old completed a shock £36million move from AS Monaco and has gone on to score four goals in four games for his new club.


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How did this rapid striker fail to land on Wenger's radar before Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal sunk their solid gold claws into him?

The Arsenal boss originally admitted that he had noticed Martial's potential long ago, but believed he was more adept at playing on the wing, where he has a number of young, talented individuals already.

Having helped transform Henry from a winger into a striker and currently trying the same with Theo Walcott, it comes with no surprise that journalists aren't taking his explanation as the whole truth.

"He was more a winger in his whole career and he played the final part of the season last year as a striker"

Not for sale

A journalist from French publication L'Equipe addressed him on the comments, asking for more detail into why he didn't sign Martial, and Wenger politely obliged.

"He was more a winger in his whole career and he played the final part of the season last year as a striker," said the Gunners' manager.

"But Monaco's statement was always that the two players that would not move were Martial and [Layvin] Kurzawa, so I thought they would maintain that. But in the end both of them moved."


Regardless of how highly Wenger rated Martial, it is unlikely the Gunners would have ever matched Manchester United's transfer fee, which could rise to £58m if he meets a variety of performance-related clauses.

But with £200m in the bank, do fans think Wenger should have battled it out with United? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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