Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal scouted Dele Alli before he left Milton Keynes Dons for Tottenham in 2015.
The midfielder has thrived during his time at White Hart Lane becoming a regular for both club and country and has scored 16 Premier League goals this season.
Wenger says Arsenal watched him with a view to bringing him to Arsenal and admits he has been a great signing for Spurs.
“I think so, 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 said via Arsenal‘s official website.
“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.”
Wenger was also asked how close Arsenal were to signing him and replied: “I don’t know. We watched him a few times because we watched Milton Keynes a lot.”
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Alli missed the last north London derby between the sides back in November which ended in a 1-1 draw with a Harry Kane penalty rescuing a point for Spurs.