Arsene Wenger: Why Arsenal didn’t sign Anthony Martial

Arsene Wenger runs the rule over Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he opted not to sign Anthony Martial this summer because he regarded the Manchester United starlet as more of a winger than a striker.

The 19-year-old has made a flying start to his career at Old Trafford after the Red Devils parted with a reported £36m transfer fee to bring him to the club on deadline day earlier this month.

Martial has scored four goals in as many games as he showed glimpses of impressive talent in his first few appearances for the Red Devils.

Now, Gunners boss Wenger has revealed that he was aware of the French forward’s talent but opted not to make a move to sign him.

Wenger told a news conference on Friday morning: “He was more of a winger in his [early] career. He played the final part of last season as a striker.

“Monaco’s statement was always that two players, Martial and Layvin Kurzawa, would not move. I thought they would maintain that but in the end both of them moved.”

The Arsenal boss also admitted his surprise at the flying start Martial has made to life in England since his transfer to the Premier League.

Wenger continued: “It’s a surprise because sometimes it’s quite difficult at the start.

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“To maintain that will be very difficult for him so he will have to have some understanding of that as well if he starts to score less. He has already set the expectation level very high.

“I’m not surprised that he’s done well because he’s a very talented player.”

Arsenal travel to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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