Martial agent laughs at Wenger’s ‘winger’ talk

Date published: Friday 25th September 2015 7:44

Anthony Martial: Scored on his debut against Liverpool

Anthony Martial’s agent has scoffed at Arsene Wenger’s reason for not signing Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial.

Arsenal boss Wenger, earlier this month, claimed he had been monitoring the 19-year-old, but he was “more of a winger-type” and passed up the chance to sign the teenager because he was well stocked in that position.

However, Philippe Lamboley, the man who brokered Martial’s record move to Manchester United last month says the player is a “true modern centre-forward”.

He told RMC Sport: “Anthony is a true modern centre-forward who can play a part. I am surprised by the analysis of Arsene Wenger, who has apparently been following him since he was a teenager.

“If the analysis Arsene Wenger has made is in order to justify not having signed Anthony, I accept he is a winger. But in football, there are those who follow players and those who buy them.”

Martial moved from Monaco for a fee of £36m last month and that could rise to as much as £58m depending on his progress at Old Trafford.

So far he has impressed, averaging a goal every 56 minutes in his appearances against Liverpool, Southampton and Ipswich.

Martial has made such an impact in his first weeks in England he already stands on the brink of breaking several scoring records at United.

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