Arsene Wenger: Not signing Gareth Bale was a ‘huge mistake’
Arsene Wenger admits that he made a "huge mistake" in turning down the chance to sign Gareth Bale for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger admits that he made a “huge mistake” in turning down the chance to sign Gareth Bale for Arsenal before he moved to Tottenham.
Bale, who joined Spurs in 2007, was one of the Premier League standout performers last season, scoring 21 top-flight goals and winning both of the PFA player of the year awards.
And Wenger has revealed that he had the option of signing Bale from Southampton but opted instead to bring Theo Walcott to north London – something he now regrets.
“We didn’t take him because we had Ashley Cole and [Gael] Clichy and we didn’t want to add another left back, but I must honestly confess it was a huge mistake,” Wenger told Al Jazeera.
“[He’s a special player] because he can play left midfield, but he struggled at the start and at some stage, the noises I heard, Tottenham were ready to sell him.
“But they moved him to left midfield and he did incredibly well.”
The 23-year-old’s sensational form has seen him linked with a transfer away from White Hart Lane this summer, with Real Madrid and Manchester United reportedly keen to sign Spurs’ prized asset.