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Wenger reveals Arsenal scouted Spurs star Alli ‘many, many times’

Date Posted,April 28, 2017

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal scouted Dele Alli ‘many, many times’ as he bids to take on the Tottenham star this weekend in the north London derby.

Spurs snapped up the former MK Dons starlet in 2015 and the 21-year-old has been a revelation since arriving at White Hart Lane.

But Wenger has admitted he knows the player very well from the Gunners’ time scouting the player with a view to a move.

“We looked at him,” Wenger admitted. “He’s done very well, he’s a complete player, he’s dangerous and it’s marvellous at his age.

When pushed on how close Arsenal came to signing Alli, Wenger simply responded, “I don’t know.”

Dele Alli takes a shot on goal (Photo: Getty Images)
Alli celebrates his goal against Chelsea (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Arsene Wenger
Wenger claims he does not know how close Alli came to joining Arsenal (Photo: Arsenal FC via Getty)

The Gunners chief has also claimed his Arsenal future is not a ‘distraction’ ahead of the north London derby as the Gunners fight for a top four finish.

Arsenal squeezed past Leicester midweek thanks to a Robert Huth own goal, but now run in to their local rivals, who have strung together eight successive wins.

Wenger has rejected claims his future will have any baring as they tackle their rivals in the final derby at White Hart Lane.

“Before a game like this it doesn’t cross my mind at all,” Wenger said.

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