Harry Redknapp has thanked Arsene Wenger for putting Wilson Palacios on the road to Barclays Premier League stardom.
Midfield anchor man Palacios has become a favourite with Tottenham fans since his £12million transfer from Wigan last January.
Spurs face Arsenal on Saturday and Redknapp said: ‘He went to Arsenal two years ago and Steve Bruce asked Arsene if he had any midfield players he could have on loan.
‘Arsene said he had someone on trial but couldn’t take him because he was overloaded in that position. It was Palacios, Steve took him to Birmingham and signed him after one day.
‘He’s a good player, a real competitor and a good character. We’ve not had a midfield player like him since Graham Roberts. He gets around the park, makes tackles and closes people down.
‘Off the field he’s the quietest person you’ll find. His English is not too good but he’s a great lad.’ (Daily Mail)
Given all the talk of how the Gunners were in apparent need for a defensive midfielder who could assist Cesc Fabregas and give the Spanish maestro more time and space on the ball it is somewhat ironic that just such a player was on trial with the club two years ago but was not needed at the time given the club had players of that ilk at the club at the time, players such as Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto Silva.
Wilson Palacios has been a great success at White Hart Lane and is probably very much looking forward to this trip to the Emirates and could well be keen to show Mr. Wenger what he missed out on.
Luckily for the Gunners the likes of Denilson and Alex Song have grown into their roles and have helped resolve the ‘soft centre’ issues the club had in its midfield but I am sure if the Arsenal boss had known just how well Palacios would mature and adjust to the Premier League, then he would surely have not passed up the opportunity to pick up the Honduran.