Wenger explains why Arsenal didn’t go for Chelsea-bound Newcastle star Demba Ba

I think I still prefer Ba over Giroud.


Transfer news: Arsene Wenger
says he chose to sign Olivier
Giroud from Montpellier instead
of Demba Ba during the summer
– but insists it wasn’t because
of the Chelsea-bound striker’s
reported injury problems.
Arsenal had been strongly linked
with a January move for Senegal
international Ba, who is now in
talks with Chelsea after they
met the £7m release clause
stipulated in the deal he signed
with Newcastle in 2011.
Wenger, however, maintained
he decided against looking at
the transfer, having already
signed Olivier Giroud from
Montpellier in a £13million deal
during June.
“I like Demba Ba personally, he is
a similar type to Giroud who we
just bought. It was one or the
other one,” Wenger said.
“They are similar positions and
similar types of players.”
Ba had failed a medical with
Stoke before eventually joining
West Ham in January 2011.
Wenger, though, would not
have been put off…

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