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I Have Never Seen Manchester United As An Option - Arsene Wenger

I Have Never Seen Manchester United As An Option - Arsene Wenger
11/9/2017

Sir Alex Ferguson and  Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has insisted on a claim that he was never tempted by a swap to Manchester United despite a claim by former Manchester united Chairman Martin Edwards that he came close to leaving.

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Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal Boss for over 20 years but according to Edwards, he had been his first choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, when he thought of Retiring back in the end of the 2001-02 season.

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Instead, Ferguson changed his mind and signed a new deal but Edwards claims he met Wenger to discuss the role having been given the indication there was some attraction from the Arsenal boss.

Sir Alex Ferguson as known, went on to stay with Manchester United for another 12 years but before then Edward claims he met with Arsene Wenger to discuss his move, given the indication there was some attraction from the Arsenal Boss.

"Our first choice was Arsene,'' he said in his forthcoming book "Red Glory: Manchester United and Me."

"We thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex. Certainly he was my number one choice..

"So we made our approach and Wenger did show a little bit of interest, enough to want to meet [chief executive] Peter Kenyon and me at his house in London to listen to what we had to say.''

Arsene Wenger insisted, Manchester United has never been his option but refused to release any information concerning his talk with Edwards during the period despite been pressed on the matter.

"I am always very confidential,'' Wenger said.

"Maybe one day I will get all the contacts I had during my stay at Arsenal and it will make a few chapters, but you should ask Martin Edwards

"No [I was never tempted by Manchester United] because I was always happy here. More than people were happy with me, I was always happy here.''

Arsene Wenger's reply when asked about his reason to reject the offer, he replied pointing out his achievements at the club since he became Boss of the Gunners.

"Because I love the values of this club,'' he explained. "For me, a club is about values first and as well because I know what has changed. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution.

"A lot has changed, but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport and that's why I'm still in the competition.

"So I will always question myself. Yes, of course Man United is attractive, but am I happy here? The answer is yes.''
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