Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Arsene Wenger: ' Why I rejected Paris St Germain Offer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, will celebrates 20 years as Arsenal boss next month and is out of contract in the summer of 2017.

According to L'Equipe, PSG tried to recruit him in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Asked why he had turned PSG down, Wenger said: "I always remained loyal to Arsenal because it's a club that has the qualities I love - and that's why."

"I like to come to Paris. It's a city I love, it's my country, a country I love. PSG are a good test for us. They're a team who are, in France, the team above everyone else.

"In France they always produce good football teams and players, so it's exciting to come to this city".

And, despite PSG's relatively poor start to the season, Wenger is expecting a tough test as he looks to guide Arsenal into the last 16 of the Champions League for an astonishing 17th consecutive season.

He said: "I think PSG were missing a number of players (in recent games). They had certain players who joined up a bit later, like us. Similar problems to the ones we face, but we'll see.

"I think they missed a number of players at the back. They were at the same hotel as us in Los Angeles and Thiago Silva got injured there. He's an important player for them.

"But they're clearly superior in the domestic league, so I expect a slightly different PSG in the Champions League."

Arsenal have won three league titles and six FA Cups during Wenger's reign.

However, they have not won the Premier League since 2003-04 and some fans have called for Wenger to leave.

PSG have been crowned French champions for the past four seasons and have reached the Champions League quarter-finals four times in a row.

Beaten in the last eight by Manchester City earlier this year, they are backed by wealthy owners Qatari Sports Investments, who Wenger says he "knows well".

Arsenal are seventh in the Premier League, with seven points from four games. PSG are seventh in Ligue 1, with seven points from four games.

Swiss side Basel entertain Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets in the other Group A contest on Tuesday.

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