Arsene Wenger Admits Making ‘Huge Mistake’ In Passing Up Chance to Sign Gareth Bale

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Gunners boss rues missed opportunity to sign Welsh star.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he regrets not taking up the chance to sign Gareth Bale according to Goal.com.

Tottenham signed Bale as a youngster from Southampton for £12 million back in 2007. He has since gone on to become regarded as one of the best players in the world following a number of highly impressive seasons for Spurs.

Bale has been an integral part of the Tottenham teams that have been challenging for a place in the top four over the last couple of years.

His performances have attracted the attention of the world’s biggest clubs with Spanish giants Real Madrid reportedly ready to make a world record bid for Bale this summer.

Wenger has now admitted that he made a ‘huge mistake’ in turning down the chance to sign Bale.

The Frenchman instead decided to sign another Southampton youngster Theo Walcott and while the England star has performed well for the club, Wenger believes he was wrong to spurn the chance to sign Bale.

Wenger revealed he did not take up the chance to sign Bale as he was playing at left-back at the time and the Gunners boss felt Arsenal were adequately covered in that position in the form of Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy.

Bale has since been converted to a more attacking role which has seen him become one of the most dangerous players in the Premier League.


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