Arsène Wenger is delighted that highly rated teenager Jon Miquel Toral Harper is poised to join Arsenal in the summer.
The 16-year-old midfielder, whose mother is English, has been with the Barcelona academy but is set to move to Arsenal to pursue his career.
At his press conference on Friday Wenger stressed that such moves were common place throughout European football.
He said. “You forget that this boy is English. He has an English passport, his mother is English, and hopefully he will join us in the summer.
“We have done what is legal. I love Barcelona, I love Catalonia. I have nothing against them. But when a player who is half-English and half-Spanish wants to join us, why should we turn him down if it's all legal? If we have done something illegal, I will say ‘sorry, my boy, we cannot do it'. But plenty of players leave us under exactly the same rule.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Feb 2011