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Arsene Wenger: Salah Can Become Greater Than Messi If He Reduces His Selfishness

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that Mohamed Salah is full of potential but must be less selfish in front of goal.

Arsene, who parted ways with Arsenal in 2018, is of the opinion that the Liverpool forward has similarities with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and can grow even better than the Argentine if he reduces his obsession for goals.

The veteran coach, who might return to managerial duties in the international arena, finds Salah and Messi’s game comparable but believes the Egyptian needs to become more versatile to reach the latter’s level.

According to Wenger, Salah must learn when to go for goal himself and when to make a pass.

“He’s 20 goals away basically if you want to be as concrete as possible.

“But he is similar to Messi. He must still find the consistency of Messi. I find him a just as good finisher but Messi is the complete thing – he gives the final ball as well and Salah is a bit obsessed now by finishing himself so that’s a dimension he’ll get certainly when he gets a little bit older. To find the moment when you have to give the ball and when you have to finish.

“I like him very much, he has huge potential.”

Salah, who has been a consistent performer for Jurgen Klopp in recent years, was heavily criticized for not passing the ball to Sadio Mane, despite the latter being in a better position to score in the Reds’ recent 3-0 win over Burnley.

 

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