Why did Arsene Wenger not try and sign Carlos Tevez?

Carlos Tevez is on the verge of an initial £7 million deal to join Juventus so why didn’t Arsenal try to sign him?

It’s been well publicised that Arsenal are in the market for a prolific striker and Tevez ticks all of the boxes for Arsene Wenger in terms of price, Premier League experience and strike rate which makes it slightly confusing as to why they didn’t go for him.

He embodies the classic hustle and bustle, busy and determined sort of football which hasn’t always been evident in the Arsenal team and he could certainly have done a job in North London.

The capital would have also offer him quick access to routes home, to visit his family and it would have eased the issues Tevez had with English culture and way of life in Manchester.

Tevez’s transfer to Juventus seems to rest on whether the Argentine will take a pay cut and that could be the first area that would have caused some friction between himself and Arsenal.

Wenger is a boss who likes to have a firm grip over what his players are paid and he seems to want to maintain that socialist pay structure throughout his time in charge of the club.

It’s also possible that he saw an opportunity in the respect that Juventus were trying to sign one of Arsenal’s main transfer targets this summer in Gonzalo Higuain.

Wenger more than likely would have been interested once he heard Tevez was available but he could have held off when he realised Juve were going in for a deal because that makes Arsenal’s chances of signing Higuain easier.

Another possible reason could be former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fergie and Wenger have had some torrential battles throughout the years, mind games, verbal rallies, you name it, they’ve done it.

However, that doesn’t detract from the fact they obviously respect each other and have a friendship which has been born out of that rivalry.

Wenger may have sounded out Ferguson ahead of a possible move for Tevez, with the former United man telling the Frenchman just why he didn’t offer Tevez the chance to stay at Old Trafford back in 2009.

Wenger may have just seen the issue of going after him as too problematic for the advantages and qualities that he would have brought to the table as a striker.

Tevez was happy to defy Roberto Mancini in the middle of a Champions League game and there’s no guarantee he wouldn’t do that at a new club, which would end his career under Wenger just as quickly as it started.

The price leads to the question of why Arsenal haven’t moved for him but there are several reasons to suggest he wasn’t worth that risk in the eyes of the Frenchman.

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