Wenger rejected chance to sign Martial, claims agent

Date published: Friday 25th September 2015 7:57

Anthony Martial: One of the fastest in the BPL last season

Anthony Martial: One of the fastest in the BPL last season

Anthony Martial’s agent has blasted Arsene Wenger for failing to sign the Manchester United strike sensation when he had the chance.

Philippe Lamboley, the 19-year-old’s representative, claims the Arsenal manager passed up the chance to bring Martial to the Emirates as he saw the player as more of a winger than a central striker.

Martial, who cost Manchester United £36million, although add-ons could take the fee to nearer £58million, has shrugged aside the pressure of being the world’s most expensive teenager to make an explosive start to life at Old Trafford, where he has scored four goals in his first four games for the club.

“Anthony is a true modern centre-forward who can play a part,” Lamboley said of Martial.

“I am surprised by the analysis of Arsene Wenger, who has apparently been following him since he was a teenager.

“If the analysis Arsene Wenger has made is in order to justify not having signed Anthony, I accept he is a winger.

“But in football, there are those who follow players and those who buy them.”

Wenger has something of a reputation for nearly signing some of football’s top stars during his 19-year Arsenal reign, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Gianluigi Buffon among the star players he’s allegedly missed out on.

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