Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has recently been discussing Manchester United’s bid to land him as a replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, and why he rejected their advances.
As quoted by the Evening Standard, the Frenchman spoke about how his loyalty and love for Arsenal ensured his future remained at the Emirates, despite having held meetings with United.
Maybe one day I will reveal all the contacts [over switching jobs] I had during my stay at Arsenal. It would make a few chapters. You should ask Martin Edwards. I was always happy here. Were the people happy with me? I don’t know.
When Ferguson announced his eventual retirement from football management back in 2011, it’s claimed that Wenger was the first man on the list to replace him. United ended up appointing David Moyes, with the Arsenal boss’ emotional pull to the Gunners preventing him from taking the role at Old Trafford.
I love the values of this club. For me the club is about values first. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution. It would be very interesting to look at Manchester United over the last 20 years. A lot has changed.
But when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That’s why I’m still in the competition.
Wenger has come under some heavy criticism in recent years as Arsenal’s shortcomings continue to grate on the supporters. Despite this though, he penned a new two-year contract at the end of last season and is looking to help the Gunners to a more successful campaign this time around.
So I always question myself. Yes of course Manchester United is attractive. But am I happy here? The answer was yes.