Arsenal transfer policy will be under the cleglight and trashed severally this weekend if Manchester United succeed in beating Arsenal at the Emirates with several of the players having been targeted by Arsenal at one time or another for a transfer into the club.
This type of situation has always happened to Arsenal and the fans must be used to it by now but Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger must have stepped on the cobra’s tail with his comments this morning when he talked about Arsenal target and now United’s striker, Anthony Martial. Arsenal monitored Anthony Martial for several seasons since he was a youngster at Lyon. But Wenger admitted that he believed Monaco would not be keen on selling the player at the time he was interested. Arsene Wenger said, “Anthony Martial was not sellable,” Wenger told Standard Sport. “He was not on the list of players Monaco wanted to sell, so we never made any approach for him. Manchester United offered special money for him. The future will tell us if he is overpriced.” However, Martial has been doing well for Manchester United this season and has helped United to win some matches this season already.
Also, a move for French defensive midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton was seriously considered for several months and at many times, it almost seemed like he would become an Arsenal player in a short while but Wenger beamed his transfer searchlight elsewhere because of Francis Coquelin’s impressive performances after being called back from a loan spell at Charlton.
Schneiderlin was reportedly very keen on a move to the Emirates as he preferred to stay in the south of England but Arsenal reduced their interest and United raised theirs and made the whole transfer negotiations very brief with a £25m fee agreement.
Wenger also stayed on Chris Smalling since 2010 but have twice lost interest in the player and refused to bring him on to the Emirates. Wenger refused to make a meaningful bid for Smalling in 2010 when United offered Fulham £10m which Wenger would not have matched and Wenger again enquired about the English defender in the summer of 2014 but Smalling was not ready for a move.
Smalling, Schneiderlin and Martial are players in every department on the field who will form the major glitch in Wenger’s system tomorrow. If the match ends in United’s favour, Wenger will not have heard the last of the fans annoyance in his transfer schemes.