Wenger: Not signing Gareth Bale was a “huge mistake”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes he made a “huge mistake” in failing to sign Gareth Bale.

Wenger decided to focus on landing Theo Walcott in an initial £5million deal from Southampton in 2006 – a fee which has now increased to £9million.

We however got the best deal when we Martin Jol signed Bale for an up-front fee of £5million in 2007. The fee could have rised to £10million but Daniel Levy arranged fresh terms when Southampton were in financial trouble to reduce the final fee to £7million.

It’s always good to get one over those lot, especially when you consider the fact Wenger rated Gael Clichy higher than Bale!

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, the rueful Frenchman confessed: “We didn’t take him [Gareth Bale] as we had Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy and didn’t want another left-back.

“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.”

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  1. Same old story, he has missed out on so many talented players, just mention a few : Ibra, Ronaldo, Yaya Toure, Bale, Eto'o, Hazard and a whole host of others he has said he nearly bought when he had the chance !

    Time for a change of manager as clearly his judgement is flawed !

    Old Gooner

  2. To be fair, Clichy took over superbly once Cole left and Bale has never actually reached that level at the LB position. No one could have predicted his success as a devastating left winger though.

  3. What is amusing is Wenger is trying to imply Bale wanted to go to the Arse but had to settle for Spurs as second best.

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