Wenger hints Zlatan may be too old to do well in England

Date published: Sunday 7th August 2016 10:17

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Too old to cope with English game?

Arsene Wenger has issued a warning to Manchester United’s new star signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, hinting he may be too old for the Premier League.

Zlatan scored just four minutes into his United debut in a pre-season friendly against Galatasaray, scoring fittingly with an acrobatic bicycle kick to announce himself.

Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United this summer on a free transfer after leaving Paris after four years, having also had success at Ajax, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Wenger¬†respects the Swede’s talent, but admitted he may struggle to cope with the style of play in England.

“Honestly I don’t know [how he will get on],” Wenger said, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s final pre-season game against Manchester City.

“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.

“On the mental aspect he will bring something to Man United as well. He is a winner, he has charisma and he will give them a strength as well as his individual quality.”

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