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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t buy a player off the form of one tournament.
He signed both Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina after watching them at the 2014 World Cup. But would the Arsenal manager ever buy a player based on the strength of one strong tournament?
“No, I wouldn’t. Unless I’ve known him before, go to the tournament and see him. You have two kinds of people at these tournaments – some have played 60 games during the season, and some have played 15, maybe due to injuries. You have to be very cautious with that,” he told Arsenal magazine.
“We analyse every game in Europe now. We spoke about 1984, then you discovered players that had big tournaments. But that has gone now. It’s difficult to find surprise players because of the strength of scouting. It’s equally hard to forecast who could be a star. Sometimes it can be a guy who has less than 60 games in his legs. At past tournaments we’ve had many surprises.
“Let’s not forget that in Portugal at Euro 2004, the player of the tournament was Theodoris Zagorakis, who had played at Leicester before. That shows you that sometimes it’s players that have just arrived at a good moment in form. In France, you could have players like Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann who could turn up.
“In England, it’s also difficult to predict, but players like Daniel Sturridge, who has not had a long season, could do well. There’s Jack Wilshere too, for example. I hope all the Arsenal players have a big impact.”
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