Reports are out claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger loves the hard edge of South American players.
The French tactician is finding Europeans becoming “soft”.
“Look across Europe and where are the strikers from? Many of them, at least 80 per cent, are from South America,” Wenger said.
“Maybe it’s because in Europe street football has gone. In street football when you’re 10-years-old, you want to play with 15-year-olds.
“Then you have to prove you’re good, you have to fight and win impossible balls.
“When it’s all a bit more formalised, it’s less about developing your individual skill and fighting attitude. We’ve lost that a bit.
“Not every South American has that, but if you go back 30 or 40 years in England, life was tougher.
“Society has changed. We’re much more protective than we were 20 or 30 years ago. We have all become a bit softer.”