Arsene Wenger reveals why he chose not to sign Premier League star Dimitri Payet
Published 07/04/2016 | 12:21
Dimitri Payet has been one of the success stories of the Premier League season, notching up nine goals and nine assists as West Ham push for a Champions League place.
The fact that the Hammers reportedly paid less than £15m for the midfielder makes it an even shrewder acquisition but typically, Payet could have been playing for a different London club had Arsene Wenger opted to make a move.
The Arsenal boss told reporters at today's press conference that he watched Payet a number of times when he played for St Etienne but decided that his attack was well stocked with options, saying their was 'no need' to sign him. And while Arsenal certainly have a number of offensive stars, there is no doubt that the free kick machine would have been welcomed with open arms by fans of the Gunners.
"We just spoke about similar types of players," Wenger said.
"We have always had these kind of players. We had no need. Historically we have always had a great number of creative players. We had Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey. All offensive players, so we had a number."
Did Arsenal really have no need for Payet? His nine goals are more than any Arsenal midfielder and his nine assists are more than any Arsenal player except for Mesut Ozil, so the Frenchman definitely would have made an impact at the Emirates. However, had Wenger actually made the signing, he probably would have been criticised for adding to his stockpile of attacking midfielders.
Instead, Payet is added to the 3km long scroll of players that Arsene Wenger 'almost' signed.