Arsene Wenger has joked that he made a mistake not signing Andrew Redmayne after the keeper’s performance in yesterday’s friendly.

  • Redmayne had an unsuccessful trial at Arsenal in 2005
  • Arsenal signed a 15-year-old Wojciech Szczesny instead
  • Redmayne performed excellently in yesterday’s friendly

The Sydney FC keeper pulled off a number of good saves during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory yesterday. The scoreline would have been much worse had it not been for him.

After the match, Wenger praised him, then quipped that maybe he should have signed him while he was on trial at the club.

“At the end of the day I’d say their goalkeeper was man of the match,” he said.

Asked if Wenger remembered that he had Redmayne on trial, he said:

“I don’t remember. I must say it’s such a long time I’m at Arsenal, I do not remember all the trialists. But if he was with us, we made a mistake!”

It’s unsurprising that Wenger couldn’t remember the trial, as it was 12 years ago.

Then 16-years-old, Redmayne was having a good trial and was due to travel to Hong Kong with Arsenal to play in a youth tournament. However, he received a late email informing him that Arsenal had signed someone else instead.

That keeper was a 15-year-old Wojciech Szczesny, who would go to make 181 first team appearances for Arsenal.

Redmayne became an Arsenal fan after the experience, and was clearly determined to show what Arsenal had missed out on yesterday.