Arsene Wenger Says “A Huge Mistake” Not Signing Gareth Bale

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted how big of a mistake it was for him and Arsenal not to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton when they had the chance. The Welsh winger instead signed for Tottenham in 2007 as Theo Walcott traded Southampton’s red and white stripes for the red side of North London.

“We didn’t take him as we had Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy and didn’t want another left-back,” Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport.

“I must confess it was a huge mistake as he can play in midfield. He struggled at the start at Tottenham, then they moved him to midfield and he has done exceptionally well.

“The career of a player sometimes depends on playing in the right position.”

It is never easy knowing what the future has in store for players, and Wenger did have two of the best left backs in the league if not the world under contract at the time. Bale hadn’t really been used as a winger much at Southampton and nearly everyone in England regarded him as a left back. With Cole and Clichy already on the books and Kieran Gibbs excelling in the youth system, Wenger had the left side of the pitch covered.

Wenger went on to discuss how the club flirted with the idea of going in for both Walcott and Bale before ultimately signing just Walcott.

“At some stage, we were on about taking the two if possible.

“But we could get Walcott and I am very happy. You’d be amazed by the number of players we should have signed. Every club misses players.”

It seemed for a while that no one had really missed out on Bale, after the Welshman’s torrid start at Tottenham led many to believe the transfer was a massive flop. After moving him into a more advanced role, however, Bale soon became more comfortable and has now become one of the best players in the world.

“He has the potential. Now it depends on his consistency at the top level and injuries.

“If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – the two head figures of world football – they have fantastic health and don’t miss a game. Bale has power, pace and direct play in his game.

“I still think he is a typical flank player and they are so difficult to find. I think he is too young to move to the middle.”

After a breakout year at Spurs this season, Bale has now managed to get himself on Real Madrid’s radar. The Welshman will want to challenge himself at the highest level possible, and the allure of the Champions League, especially at a club like Real Madrid, could be enough to end the winger’s time in England.

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  1. Jo says:

    Wenger has done LOTS of HUGE mistakes in the transfermarket!!!!!

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