Because they already had a first hand glimpse of what he could do in the Champions League
One of the criticisms of Arsene Wenger’s current regime is the fact that Arsenal seem to have lost it in regards to scouting the next Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp or Robert Pires.
With both Chelsea and Manchester City having more readily lured the cream of the crop in young talent in the past few seasons, Arsenal haven’t nearly brought through as many exciting youngsters as they used to in the earlier part of Wenger’s Gunners reign.
What Wenger often claims is that Arsenal will buy if there is a genuine quality player available for the correct price on the market but this stance is often branded silly when the likes of Swansea City are able to snap up the likes of Andre Ayew on a free while the Gunners try and march on with what they currently have,
For some Gooners, this lack of ambition is holding them back and lets be honest, Arsenal got an earlier glimpse of Anthony Martial than most considering he helped tear them apart in the Champions League last sixteen stage last season where Monaco earned a shock 3-1 victory over the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.
We think Arsenal should’ve been making moves for his signature from that very moment!
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