By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Ibrahimovic produced a sterling performance against England and scored a sumptuous goal for Swden's fourth on Wednesday night. He also put in a man-of-the-match performance with three other goals, earning plaudits from various players and managers.
The match also saw Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson make his international debut but it was the Paris Saint-Germain striker who demonstrated technical and physical excellence, earning some high praise from Wenger.
The Frenchman revealed that the club were in the running to sign Ibrahimovic as a 16-year-old but ultimately the striker chose to start off his career with Ajax instead.
"He came here to visit the training ground," Wenger revealed.
"He didn't want to make a trial because he was 16 years old at the time. He went home and we concluded to watch him again.
"I wanted to see him in training but it didn't stop him from making a great career.
"In the end, he chose to go to Ajax Amsterdam. That happens. He's not the only one in that case."
The Frenchman was also left impressed with the manner in which Ibrahimovic scored via an overhead kick after England goalkeeper Joe Hart failed to adequately clear the ball with a header outside the penalty box.
"They say he's a master in kung fu. You could see that on Wednesday night. You need some special flexibility, subtleness and physical strength to do that, apart from the fact that you have to realise what you have to do."
"I believe we are all amazed because, sometimes, when a guy has a shot from 30 yards and puts it in the top corner, you say ‘it's a fantastic goal' - but somehow you believe you can do that as well, even if you cannot do it on a consistent level.
"But when he scores a goal like that, you think it's impossible for a normal athlete. You have to be an exceptional athlete to do that.
"When [England goalkeeper Joe] Hart headed the ball, he took a distance to eventually get the ball. There's intelligence included as well.
"I'm an admirer of collective goals, but as an individual achievement, just you and the ball in the situation of the game, it is something exceptional."
The ex-AC Milan striker is also notorious for his swagger and high self-opinion but Wenger is not fazed by the PSG striker's perceived arrogance. He feels that the Swede's performances on the pitch more than justify his grandiose behaviour.
"The confidence he shows... if a performance isn't there you can say [that] you don't agree with it, but when a performance is there, you think [that] his confidence is justified.
"Through his career, he has justified why he believes in his own talent."
While Ibrahimovic stole the show, Wednesday's match saw Jenkinson make his England debut as a substitute, and Wenger was delighted to see him get his reward for a strong start to the season.
"I'm massively pleased for Carl because he had a good start to the season and was rewarded last night," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "That will hopefully boost his confidence as well.
"I'm very happy. It was quite an interesting game. England did not get the result, but for me they played well in big parts of the game. There were a lot of positives in that game for England."