The French coach discovered
last season that Kane was on
the Gunners’ books as an
eight-year-old before he went
on to become one of the
Premier League’s top strikers at
TottenhamArsene Wenger has
admitted he was “angry” when
he found out that Arsenal let
Harry Kane leave the club as a
youngster.

Kane, 22, was on Arsenal’s
books as an eight-year-old
back in 2001, but the Gunners
let the youngster go and he
eventually signed for their
fierce rivals Tottenham in 2004.

The forward progressed
through the ranks at White Hart
Lane and starred for Spurs last
season with 21 Premier League
goals, while also rising to
prominence at international
level with England.

Wenger praised Kane ahead of
Sunday’s North London derby
at the Emirates Stadium, and
rues losing the forward –
linked with Manchester United
and Bayern Munich of late –
after only being made aware of
his early days at Arsenal via
newspaper reports last year.

“I didn’t know, I read it in the
papers [last year],” Wenger told
reporters. “I found it quite
funny, you know, and you are
always a bit angry as well
because I asked: ‘Why did he
go?’

“But at nine years of age, boys
can move here and there. Some
people move from Tottenham
to Arsenal. At youth level,
because their parents find a
different job, they often move
somewhere else.

“How good can he be? I don’t
know. I don’t know who you
could compare him with but I
think he can be a top player. He
has top qualities and I think he
will make a great career.”

Asked whether he had ever
considered signing Kane,
Wenger replied:
“Once a player
is at Spurs, you do not even
consider him any more to be
on your radar because you do
not, historically, have many
transfers from one club to the
other.
“Sol Campbell? He was free –
Campbell was out of contract.
We didn’t negotiate any price.”

The Gunners are facing an
injury crisis ahead of Sunday’s
derby – Jack Wilshere, Hector
Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas
Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo
Walcott all out injured, while
Laurent Koscielny is a doubt
after missing Wednesday’s 5-1
Champions League drubbing at
Bayern.

The French coach said he was
worried about his squad’s
fitness issues ahead of a busy
festive fixture list.

“I am very concerned, honestly,
because we are only in
November and to have so many
players out,” he added.

“Knowing we go into the
Christmas period soon, I am
concerned. At the moment, we
have too many players out.”

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