Advertisement Shaun Wright-Phillips was courted by Arsenal in his pomp (Picture: Getty Images)Shaun Wright-Phillips could have moved to Arsenal instead of Chelsea in the summer of 2005 if Arsene Wenger hadn’t insisted on delaying a move until the next transfer window.The winger was at the height of his powers in 2005, having been voted into the PFA Team of the Year for his performances for Manchester City, scoring 10 goals over the 2004/05 season.This was pre-investment City and the bigger clubs were circling for their star man, with Chelsea and Arsenal interested in signing Wright-Phillips.Given his dad Ian is a Gunners legend, Arsenal may have seemed the obvious destination, but Wenger wanted to wait until January to do the deal, something Wright-Phillips was not prepared to do.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They came in for me at the same time as Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger wanted to wait until January,’ Wright-Phillips told FourFourTwo.‘I’ve always been brought up to strike while the iron’s hot, because you never know what’s going to happen a week later.‘If I’d got injured, I might have missed both opportunities. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 11:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link577Shares Shaun Wright-Phillips details failed Arsenal move as Chelsea swooped to sign him Comment Advertisement Wright-Phillips went on to win the Premier League with Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)‘Dad (Ian Wright) told me, “Son, of course I’d love it if you played for Arsenal, but we’ve got to take you where you fit best.” ‘We didn’t have to make a choice – Arsene made the decision for us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWenger had openly spoken about his admiration for Wright-Phillips at the time and his interest in signing the young attacker, but why he wasn’t ready to make the move in the summer of 2005 isn’t clear.Speaking in 2004, Wenger said: ‘He is a guy we have an eye on and we follow his progress. He will be a major threat to us, has a tremendous work-rate and tremendous penetrating power.‘He is a Wright – and the Wrights have a big love affair with Arsenal. He is an interesting player, a winner and I like his attitude.’Shaun would sign for Chelsea for £21m, winning the Premier League title in 2006 and FA Cup the following season.MORE: Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool all interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben YedderMORE: Chelsea ready to offload Jorginho if they beat Man Utd and Arsenal to Declan Rice transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
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