Is Wenger wrong to discuss Alli transfer before Arsenal play Tottenham?

I have to assume that the fact Arsenal really need to get something from the north London derby tomorrow to keep any realistic hopes of another top four finish alive and kicking is part of the reason for Arsene Wenger being willing to talk about the Gunners looking into the transfer of the Tottenham and England international star Dele Alli when he was coming through as a young player with MK Dons.

You often hear a manager talking about opposition players in the build up to a big game in order to play some sort of mind games, like we saw when Pep Guardiola hinted that Man City had an interest in the transfer of Alexis Sanchez before the recent FA cup final, but I cannot see how Wenger’s comments on the Spurs midfielder reported on the Arsenal website would achieve that.

He said, “We looked at him. He played at Milton Keynes. It’s down the road from here. You have to say that he has done extremely well, and he has developed very well into a very complete player. He is dangerous and scores goals – I think he’s scored 16 or 17 goals this year, so it’s absolutely marvellous at his age. They’ve done well to buy him and give him a chance. They deserve credit for that.

“I don’t know. We watched him a few times because we watched Milton Keynes a lot.”

I’m not really sure what the Frenchman is trying to do with these words on Alli, but as far as I can see it will only wind us Arsenal fans up, as we are sick of hearing about great players that Arsenal missed out on over the years, with the likes of Hazard, Ronaldo and even Messi having apparently been on Wenger’s transfer radar at some point.

While we think about what might have been I reckon the fans of our local rivals will have a good old laugh at Wenger admitting that he maybe could have signed one of their best players but failed to do so. Would it have been better for4 him to say nothing on this topic at all?



  1. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f### says:

    Pep mentioned sanchez
    Mourinho mentioned mesut
    And I mentioned my mate always putting out for her man

    It’s just part of the mind games.

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Tiz official………. Mr. Potato head is an idi¤t!

  2. ArseOverTit says:

    He could have had Messi, Ronaldo, Zlatan and Alli but he bought Park Chu Yang!

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wenger and his nearly signs is nothing new, he must have watched a million players by now ? but I’m surprised that you or he didn’t mention Kane, Wasn’t he released from our under 12’s or something like that??

    Anyways, Wenger’s ass-kissing mind-games tactic is nothing new either, he either links himself or gives special praise to the player he fears the most from our opponents team, in hope to break their concentration before a game.
    Like as if Alli will be less determined to tear us a new one because the mighty Wenger acknowledged his talent from his Milton Keynes days lol

  4. Break-on-through says:

    He didn’t try for Dele Alli, he just said they watched him, along with the entire MKD’s side. Liverpool are the ones who missed out on Alli, they wouldn’t pay the full asking price which was not much, but now I’m guessing they feel very regretful. Gerrard on his way out and they could of had a very apt replacement.

    1. bran99 says:

      So they just watched Alli and left? What happened to spot talent when you see one? And Wenger is singing about him while they didn’t even try to sign him, one of the many nearly missed guys

  5. Omonaija says:

    You can make do with some interesting news rather yhan writing on the failures of a specialist.

  6. Omonaija says:

    Of all world class coaches, Wenger seems to be the odd one without an European trophy. Can a coach who finds it difficult to zip his jacket wins a champions league. Vaoaoao 10-2. Go b-a-c-k to Japan.

  7. I elect Vanpayslip presidential MC says:

    If there ever was a window shopper it has to be this dude

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Tiz official………. Mr. Potato head is an idi¤t!

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