Arsene Wenger has delivered a bit of a climb down on his original stance that once players left Arsenal during his tenure there would be “no way back.”
Talking to The Tuesday Club podcast via the Metro, the former iconic Arsenal boss admitted it may have been the ‘wrong decision’ not to re-sign striker Nicolas Anelka.
“Maybe (it was the wrong decision)! He wanted to come back. Maybe it was a mistake. I wanted to give the signal to the players that once you left the club there is no way back.”
“I felt that they would then have a hesitation to leave. I didn’t give them the feeling of ‘ok I go somewhere else, I try it and if it doesn’t work I come back.”
“That’s why I didn’t do it and overall maybe I should have done it. Nicolas still scored in 125 games overall in the Premier League I think, something like that, so he could have helped us.”
It appears that Arsenal had the opportunity to sign Anelka from Bolton back in 2008 – Chelsea instead signed the Frenchman for £15million and he went on to score 59 and assist 38 for the Blues.
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