Why Arsene Wenger did not sign the PFA player of the season – Alan Smith
N’Golo Kante’s emergence as the PFA player of the season cannot be said to be a fluke as the 26-year-old is currently in the running for a consecutive Premier League trophy with two different clubs and consistently stellar performances.
Kante joined Leicester City from Caen in the summer of 2015 but he instantly made an impact in the League and established himself as force to be reckoned with. He made the midfield of the Foxes impenetrable and led them to their first ever EPL trophy.
Following his impressive show-offs, he drew attraction from several top clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal. However, the Blues are known to be more pragmatic in the transfer window than Arsenal, and they beat their London rivals Arsenal to the signature of the workaholic midfielder in a £32million move.
Kante, 26, did not drop a single form, he’s so far replicated the same performance of Leicester City for Chelsea, and Arsenal legend Alan Smith feels that Arsene Wenger’s failure to sign kante stems from his belief/faith in Francis Coquelin, reports the Daily Star.
Coquelin was first choice for Arsenal earlier this season but he has again fallen down the selection perking order of Arsene Wenger. Smith spoke to Sky Sports regarding Wenger’s failure to sign Kante and he reckons that.
“I think Arsene Wenger thought at the time that Coquelin would be able to do that job.
“But Coquelin has stood still and hasn’t become the player we thought he would when he first broke into the Arsenal team.
“It’s reflected in the fact he’s not getting in the team. He didn’t get in the semi-final team at the weekend.
“I think it was a mistake. If he could have got him, he should have got him.”
Kante ranks highly as a central midfielder in the world, he has earned several caps for the Les Blues but Coquelin is yet to get call up to the national team. Wenger would be bemoaning his frugality in the transfer window.