The problem is this country's FA needs to get their head out of the sand and address the real issue. The issue isn't foreign players the issue is this country has a poor set up when it comes to developing players at a young age. Spain doesn't have visa restrictions yet seems to be managing just fine don't they?Could you imagine if people listened to him and scrapped the work permit. The amount of tut players coming to the Premier League and English football would be untold.
Or it could be complete made up nonsense on Twitter?If true, wow that's got to hurt. Arsenal have champions league and they are in London. It must be the Wenger mentality which put him off.
I could be the price of play-doh. We would never know why I player rejected one club for another unless the player said it. A lot of times deals don't materialize is because of agents. A lot of managers don't work with a lot of agents.If true, wow that's got to hurt. Arsenal have champions league and they are in London. It must be the Wenger mentality which put him off.
Even if this is true I bet Wenger and the board still stand by this dodged bullet. London property is ridiculous, would have to increase season tickets even moreSo it appears Wenger's at it again with his tales of 'if things were different he would be playing for us'. This is in regards to trying to sign Di Maria when he was 17 but the deal fell through due to work permit regulations. I've personally lost track of all the players Wenger reckons he could have signed or almost signed so lets compile a list and see what that Arsenal team could have looked like if Wenger would have got his man each time.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech - Work permit issues made Wenger miss out on Cech back in 2002 and he instead went on to sign for Rennes in France, eventually moving on to Chelsea.
Midfield: Yaya Toure - Wenger turned down Yaya after having him on trial as a youngster. Yaya then went on to join Olympiacos instead and become one of the best midfielder's in the world.
Midfield: Di Maria - Work Permit Issues. Wenger identified Di Maria when he was 17 but
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic - About to sign from Malmö but Wenger asked him to play a trial. Zlatan doesn't do auditions. Transfer off.
Striker: Messi - The story goes that Arsenal's refusal to buy Messi's family an apartment in London saw the deal fall through. I'm sure Wenger would have given him his own home if he knew just how great he was going to become. Arsenal were keen at the time but not THAT keen as they'd just secured Febregas.
Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo - Shown around London, given an Arsenal shirt with his name on the back by Wenger, who also confirmed the transfer with Sporting, all done after wooing Ronaldo's mother. Then United play Sporting in 2003, Sporting win 3-1 with Ronaldo running the show. Carlos Queiroz works his magic. Another one that got away.
There are more out there, some are somewhat dubious but Arsenal could have one hell of a team if Wenger would have got the players he wanted. There's a running theme in all of them though, if Wenger would have simply tried to be less tight with his cash (like now) he would have landed an incredibly impressive bunch of players.