One other really great snippet from this morning’s conference which has been picked up by ESPN and others is that Arsene Wenger had admitted that Arsenal were looking to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton, but instead determined Theo Walcott to be the better prospect.
And it is a decision that he doesn’t regret.
Talking about signing Theo Walcott from Southampton in 2006 but not taking Bale too Wenger said :
“At some stage, we were looking to take the two if possible. We got Walcott, and I am very happy with that. Look, if I tell you the number of players we did not sign that we should have signed, you will be amazed. It’s the same for every club – you sometimes miss out on players.”
In words that will probably anger a few spurs fans Wenger said that he feels that while Bale is a brilliant player he isn’t the third best player in the world behind Messi and Ronlado as has been suggested by some papers today.
“He has the potential to develop and to get close to the players you compare him to, but Ronaldo and Messi?
“Messi has won two or three Champions League titles. He has won a few championships. He scored more than 90 goals last year. Let’s not go too quick [in comparing Bale to Messi]. You are always very quick here, but let’s slow down a bit.”
Bale was in sensational form for Spurs last night scoring twice in their win over Lyon in the Europa Cup.
Tottenham play Arsenal in what might turn out to the the Champions league fourth place decider on March 2nd.