Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal scouted Dimitri Payet but they decided they didn’t need him as they had a number of existing creative attacking players and his age put them off.
Wenger now claims Arsenal looked at Payet too but opted not to sign him due to the attacking talents already at the club.
“I have known him for a long, long time. He played in St-Etienne and we watched him many times,” said Wenger.
“I think he has all the attributes to be a top, top player but he is 29-years-old already. I had these kind of players, we had no need “
“Historically we have always had a great number of creative players. We have [Mesut] Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, [Santi] Cazorla and [Aaron] Ramsey.”
Wenger may live to regret those words and decision as the world’s free-kick specialist lines up against Arsenal this Saturday.