first_imgWenger was impressed by Praet when Arsenal played Anderlecht in 2014 (Picture: Getty)In the end, Praet decided to swap Genk for Anderlecht so he could continue his studies, winning the Belgian Pro League three times after joining the first team, before moving to Sampdoria in 2016.Speaking about his time at Arsenal back in 2014, Praet told Belgian newspaper HLN: ‘I was 16 when I went to do a trial at Arsenal. I played a match with the reserves, I visited the training complex and I went through training with the first team. I never met Arsene Wenger. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment What Arsene Wenger has said previously about ‘physically weak’ Arsenal target Dennis Praet Praet tussles with Nacho Monreal in the Champions League five year ago (Picture: Getty)During those European clashes in 2014 – in which Anderlecht famously came from three goals down to draw at the Emirates – Wenger was asked about Praet’s brief time at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When he was 15 or 16 years old, he came with Kyle Ebecilio who, in between, went back to Holland,’ Wenger recalled.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 City‘At the time, he was judged – I didn’t know he was here, I didn’t know him at the time – a bit weak physically.‘Since then he has developed well. I was honestly impressed by his performance when we played in the first game [which Arsenal won 2-1 in Anderlecht].’ The Belgian midfielder had a trial with the Gunners when he was a teenager (Picture: Getty)Sampdoria star and Arsenal target Dennis Praet was considered ‘physically weak’ when he failed to impress while on trial at the club as a teenager, Arsene Wenger has previously revealed.The Belgian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer along with Sampdoria teammate Joachim Anderson, with reports in Italy claiming the Gunners have proposed a £44million double deal.Praet is already familiar with the red half of north London, having spent time there on trial as a 16-year-old while he also played against Arsenal twice in the Champions League. Advertisement Praet has enjoyed a strong campaign with Sampdoria this past season (Picture: Getty)‘The move to Arsenal fell through because I gave priority to school. Absolutely 100% I wanted to finish my school and at Anderlecht I could make the perfect combination.’Praet made 37 appearances for a Sampdoria side that finished ninth in Serie A this past season, scoring two goals and laying on three assists, while he knows Arsenal star Lucas Torreira well and formed a strong partnership with the Uruguayan before he moved to the Emirates.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisementlast_img

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