Arsenal once quite fancied Berbatov

Things could have been so different for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to the Daily Telegraph. They report that the Bulgarian could have become an Arsenal player if Arsene Wenger had pursued his interest in the player when Berbatov was at Bayer Leverkusen.

Wenger revealed: “I was interested when he played for Bayer Leverkusen. I noticed him once when he played against Real Madrid. I look always more at the individual quality of a player first and Berbatov had technical top quality. He’s tall – in England it helps.

“He’s top class. He always has time on the pitch and when you play against him he’s always in the places you don’t want him to be. He’s what I call a top-class striker because he can provide, he can score, he can be at the start of the move and at the end of it. That’s a sign of quality.”

Will that quality be in evidence at the Emirates Stadium this evening when Tottenham look to end their hoodoo against the Gunners? Despite the wild speculation surrounding Berbatov’s future, he’s playing out of his skin right now and could be the key to Spurs securing a famous win over their arch-rivals.

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