Arsene Wenger says he was interested in signing Demba Ba, but last summer, not during this transfer window. Instead, Arsenal paid Montpellier £12m for Olivier Giroud and the Arsenal manager says it was a case of one or the other.
There were doubts about the Senegal man’s knee, having failed a medical at Stoke (in fairness this could be down to the fact that the Stoke doctor still uses leeches and poultices), but that wasn’t a deterrent for Wenger.
“Some people say he didn’t manage to pass the medical at Stoke but the last things I heard it’s quite positive for him,” he said. “I’m sure Chelsea will have a check on that and if they sign him it is because the problem is not as big as people say.
“I like Demba Ba personally, he is a similar type to Giroud who we just bought. It was one or the other one.”
Of course, there’s no reason why a squad would have to have one or the other, both is a concept that works, but maybe he wants to bring in a different kind of striker. Which is fine, once he brings in that kind of striker.
The manager also spoke about how much more competitive the scouting world is. Arsenal were famed for bringing in a players from France who flew under the radar, now the players arriving are one-winged retardosparrows at times.
“The competition is high on the scouting front. The country where we were really, really competitive was France. They produce less players than they did 10, 15 years ago at top, top, top level in France.
“The emerging countries that are producing players look to be Germany and Spain and they have many good young players. They have taken over.”
“We are trying to diversify much more where we are looking. I find that a new market that is very interesting and very competitive is the Japanese market. Look at the number of Japanese players who play now in Germany for example.”
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