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Arsenal legend Wilson: Wenger rejected chance to sign Everton keeper Howard

Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has revealed how Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Wilson has revealed that he had Wenger cast his eye over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard before the American moved to Manchester United in 2003.

But that the Gunners medical team felt the player's Tourette's Syndrome could hinder his performance!

Wenger went for Richard Wright instead. How that impacted on Wenger's unexpected outbursts is unrecorded, but Howard has thrived.

Wilson told the Liverpool Echo: "Arsene has somebody in every country and then he sends out the guys from England, particularly Steve Rowley, to go and watch specific targets.

"Funnily enough I did once put Arsenal on to a guy. I received an email from a friend in America who said he'd found a goalie called Tim Howard. He stressed we'd have to be careful though because he suffers from Tourette's Syndrome and it's true he does have a really bad twitch.

"Arsenal were informed but didn't follow it up as they felt the medical thing was always going to be a problem. It's highly debatable now when you see how well he has done at Everton."

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