Monday, April 23, 2018

Arsenal boss Wenger: Why did I reject Man Utd?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken for the first time of turning down Manchester United.

In a clear dig at Old Trafford, Wenger claimed that he snubbed United as he preferred the values at Arsenal.

Former United chairman Martin Edwards made the bombshell revealed in his new book that Wenger was their first choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in 2002.

Ex-United boss Ferguson announced his intention to retire in the 2001/02 season only to perform a dramatic U-turn and stayed on at Old Trafford for another 11 years.

Wenger said: “I was always happy here, people were happy with me and I always happy.

“Because I love the values of this club and, for me, a club is about values first. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution.

“You speak about Man United, the evolution in the last 20 years would be very interesting. A lot has changed but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That is why I am still in the competition.

“I always question myself. Yes, of course, Man United is attractive but am I happy here? The answer was yes.

“It is too long to talk about that but I think it is quite an interesting subject that you know certainly as well as I do, but a lot has changed.

“When I arrived here we were 80 people, today we are 700. Sometimes I cross somebody inside our club who I know, that is quite new. Most of them I don't know anymore. We have changed a lot."