The Arsenal manager thinks that Kante has been essential to Chelsea’s success this season, with the club currently nine points ahead of the Gunners.
Wenger also spoke to the press about how he’d tried to sign the player twice! The Arsenal manager first took interest when the player was at Ligue 1 side Caen, before he moved to the London club.
The Frenchman has admitted he was surprised that Chelsea have been so successful this season; since the Gunners beat the club 3-0, Chelsea have went 13 games undefeated.
This is what Wenger had to say to the press about Kante, Chelsea’s success and the upcoming game against the Blues:
“When we beat them 3-0 I did not expect them to go 13-games unbeaten. I feel they found a better balance defensively. They are very good in transition. I watched their game against Liverpool and I believe N’Golo Kante had a huge impact in their team.
“Basically it’s not coincidence that they [Chelsea] are in the position they are and that Leicester were where they were last year. Also Hazard and Costa have come back to very strong form compared to last season so they are very efficient when they go forward.
“Yes [we tried to sign him]. When he was in France, when he was at Leicester.
“We cannot explain absolutely everything [about why we failed to sign him], but it’s obvious when you look at where he has gone.
“I do not want to talk more about that. Transfer are transfers, you cannot explain absolutely everything.”