Arsene Wenger Admits Regret About Not Signing Yet Another Player
Okay admit it, one of you put Arsene Wenger up to this. The man surely can't actually think it's a good idea to go on about all the players he could or should have signed over the years but he's at it again.
For 13 years Arsene Wenger has tried and failed to win the Premier League with criticism coming his way for at very least ten of those years.
A lot of the abuse coming the Arsenal manager's way has been due to which players he's signed or more specifically which players he hasn't.
"Cristiano Ronaldo, didn't even want him!" Image: PA
Either the Frenchman has signed unknown youngsters who had little, players in positions they don't need and ignoring the ones they do and not signed any of the type of player that made them successful in the 90s.
Meanwhile Wenger has seemingly been trolling his own fans with a series of revelations about which players he wanted to sign, nearly signed or just flat out failed to sign.
Wenger offered Zlatan a trial but Zlatan doesn't do trials! Image: PA
It seems like a weird tactic, especially as some of them have come across as brags, "oh yeah I nearly signed Ronaldo." And now he's revealed he regrets not signing a player that would have been perfect.
Talking after Michael Carrick's testimonial, via the Mirror, the 67 year-old said he wished he'd signed the United midfielder:
"I would say personally I'm an admirer of his career, of his [Carrick] quality. One of my regrets is never having had him as a player because I think he was one of the greatest players in English football.
"I believe as well that he did not always get the reward and the tribute, the recognition he deserved. But I'm an admirer of Michael and I wish him all the best for the future."
Carrick might have been perfect for an Arsene Wenger team. Image: PA
With his ability to break up play and pass a killer ball he would have been perfect for Arsenal's midfield at any point during his career.
And whilst he might not have had the aggression of a Patrick Vieira the former Spurs player has a quiet considered steel nature to his play, far better than most of the defensive midfielders Wenger's had recently.
Twice in his career Carrick was linked with a move to Arsenal. Before he left West Ham for Spurs and again in January with his contract running out at Old Trafford.
Carrick scored in his testimonial yesterday but he'll be hoping it's not his last goal for the Red Devils as he's signed a new one year contract.