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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