Wenger surprised by Martial transfer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he didn't rival Manchester United for Anthony Martial's signature because he was under the impression the striker was not for sale.

The Gunners boss was certainly interested in signing the talented youngster, having tracked his progress since he broke into Lyon's first-team squad in the 2012/13 season.

While he considered a potential move for the Frenchman in the summer transfer window, Wenger ultimately decided against it because he believed the striker was on a list of players unavailable for transfer.

"I was surprised they sold him," Wenger said in a press conference. "The amount of money was massive. I believe that you could think that, if you are Monaco, you could have sold him as well next season.

"So I thought they would not sell him this year because they sold many other players.

"I thought they would maintain their word. He was not sellable. He was not on the list. He was one of the players Monaco did not want to sell, so we never made an approach for him.

"Only an acceptable amount of money after could do it. We always liked him, even when he was in Lyon."