Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger maintained he attempted to sign the striker and has accused of breaking their word Monaco.
The Arsenal chief maintains he’s a longtime admirer of Manchester United’s deadline-day recruit and attempted to entice the 19-year old to The Emirates a year ago.
Manchester United understood and snapped up the forward plus addons, although Wenger considered Monaco would keep hold of Martial this summer, and that’s the reason why he was not pursued by Arsenal in the summertime transfer window.
“Arsenal boss Arsene believed they wouldn’t sell him this year since they’d sold so a number of other players,” Wenger added.
“They said they wouldn’t sell him and Wenger believed they weren’t in almost any must offer and would keep up their word. I used to be surprised he was sold by them. Just an extraordinary sum of money would do it.”
Martial declared himself in the very first team after scoring four goals and has been an immediate hit – and with the addons the transport fee, that could total GBP58million, looks like being money well spent.
Martial was nearly missed out on by Manchester United after Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev asserted that United is outbid by another team.
Martial was desperate to transfer to Old Trafford and the larger offer was rejected.