Anthony Martial's slams Arsene Wenger's recent claims, criticises Arsenal manager's transfer strategy

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Anthony Martial's agent has slammed Arsene Wenger for not signing the French forward.

Philippe Lamboley, Anthony Martial's agent, is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying that he is 'surprised' that Arsene Wenger didn't make a move for the player.

Martial, 19, was the talk of transfer deadline day after completing a blockbuster transfer from Monaco to Manchester United - with many feeling that United were taking a huge gamble on the inexperienced teenager.

Yet so far, the French forward has taken English football by storm, scoring four goals in four games for United, impressing with his pace and calm finishing in front of goal.

It now looks like United have found their star forward for the present as well as for the future, based on his early displays for the Red Devils - and whilst Louis van Gaal won't want to make too many early judgements on the player, his future at Old Trafford certainly looks bright.

Now though, over three weeks since Martial completed his move to United, agent Philippe Lamboley has blasted Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in a shock tirade.

The Gunners boss was quoted by The Independent as saying that he had followed his compatriot Martial for some time, but felt he was more of a winger - claims that have seemingly angered Lamboley, who has criticised Wenger's strategy of watching players for some time but never making a concrete move.

"Anthony is a true modern centre-forward who can play a part," said Lamboley. "I am surprised by the analysis of Arsene Wenger, who has apparently been following him since he was a teenager. If the analysis Arsene Wenger has made is in order to justify not having signed Anthony, I accept he is a winger. But in football, there are those who follow players and those who buy them," he added.

Arsenal have lacked a clinical edge in attack for some time now, with neither Olivier Giroud or Theo Walcott seizing their opportunities in attack - and Martial's start to life at United will make some Gunners fans wonder why Wenger didn't make a move.

Yet given the fee - up to £58.8m, as reported by The Guardian - it's not so surprising that the famously prudent Wenger chose to keep his hand in his pocket rather than splash out for the teenage sensation.

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