Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was interested in Anthony Martial while he was at Monaco, but thought he wasn’t for sale.
Wenger told reporters at a press conference that he had his eyes on Martial even before he went to AS Monaco in 2013 and that he wanted to make a move for him in 2014. Instead, Martial joined Manchester United during the summer for a £36 million transfer fee plus add-ons.
The 19-year-old French striker has had a good start to his career at Old Trafford, scoring some important goals and establishing himself in the starting XI.
“I was surprised they sold him,” Wenger told The Guardian. “The amount of money was massive. I believe that you could think that, if you are Monaco, you could have sold him as well next season.
“So I thought they would not sell him this year because they sold many other players. I thought they would maintain their word. He was not sellable. He was not on the list. He was one of the players Monaco did not want to sell, so we never made an approach for him.
“Only an exceptional amount of money after could do it. We always liked him, even when he was in Lyon.”
Arsenal hosts United on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. United sits in second place after rivals Manchester City beat Newcastle 6-1 on Saturday. The Gunners are in 6th place, but a win could propel them all the way up to second depending on the scoreline.