During Arsenal’s recent pre-season tour to the Far East, Arsene Wenger appeared before 100 Malaysian business leaders and answered several questions that came his way. The one that interested me the most was when Wenger was asked how does he discover young talent.
Wenger has made a knack of buying young players that no one has heard of and turning them into stars. I know some Arsenal fans are no longer happy with this and would rather Wenger go out into the transfer market and spend the cash to buy ready made players.
It’s my job to know when something is there. First you need the talent, but also you need to meet someone who believes in you and gives you a chance. You can imagine though, that plenty of people have talent in life but they do not meet someone who gives them a chance. Can you name one Formula One driver from an African country, apart from South Africa? And can you really imagine that there is not one guy in Africa with the talent to be a Formula One driver? Why are they not there? Because no one has given them a chance. So in life it’s important to meet someone who will give you a chance, and when I can do this in football, I do it.