Arsene Wenger has revealed Dimitri Payet’s lack of consistency in his early career prevented a potential move to Arsenal.
Payet has taken the Premier League by storm following his summer switch from Marseille to West Ham, scoring nine goals and creating eight assists.
His exceptional form has prompted many to question how the so-called bigger clubs seemingly missed the chance to sign him.
However, speaking ahead of this weekend’s match between West Ham and Arsenal, Gunners boss Wenger revealed he was aware of Payet’s talent for some time.
“I’ve looked at him many times,” Wenger said. “I’ve known him for a long time. He played at St Etienne, and we watched him many times.
“He has all the attributes to be a top player, which he is, but he’s 29 years old already.
“He’s matured a lot and come back into the national team, which shows he was more consistent. He was a top talent, always, but had periods of being up and down.”