Arsene Wenger believes age will hinder Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Premier League prospects

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There can be little doubting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s transfer to Manchester United has been one of the most appetising moves of a hectic window.

The Swedish maverick has already donned the jerseys of Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax and PSG, but has finally found his way to the Premier League. It’s fair to say that Manchester United fans are excited about the move.

However, one man dampening the optimism proves Arsene Wenger. In fact, the French manager believes the Swede could flop on English shores and that his age will work against him.


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Potential flaw

If you believe the word of the man himself, you’d probably think Ibrahimovic was void of flaws. Arsenal’s French boss has gone out of his way to contest this however and proves skeptical over the move.

According to The Mirror, the 66-year-old stated: "Honestly I don't know [how he will get on],"

"Going for him is his class, his talent, his desire to do well. What goes against him is that he is not the youngest player anymore, so you are questioned about that in every game.

"From what I saw of him last year at Paris Saint-Germain, it was his most complete season as an individual player and as a team player. He became a really great team player last season.”

Wenger, admittedly, back tracks, but still questions whether Ibrahimovic can cut it in the physical and fast-flowing cauldron of the Premier League.


The Arsenal manager’s claims undoubtedly represent those of the minority though with many having high hopes of the 34-year-old.

After all, Ibrahimovic’s age didn’t seem to trouble him when he rattled home 50 goals in 51 appearances last season. The Swede doesn’t appear to be on the wane anytime soon so Wenger has certainly raised a few eyebrows.

Perhaps the Frenchman is angered by his own side’s inability to scoop a striker of such quality, but then again, he’s not a manager to pounce readily in the transfer window.

Only time will tell whether Ibrahimovic will succeed in the Premier League. However, with Jose Mourinho at the reins and a United squad oozing with talent around him, it’s hard to see him flopping.

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