Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Wenger reveals why he turned down Manchester United job

Wenger reveals why he turned down Manchester United job

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished recent claims he came close to leaving for Manchester United.

Former Man Utd chairman Martin Edwards revealed in a recent book that the Arsenal boss was his top target when Ferguson first made a decision to quit in 2002.

Edwards claimed in his autobiography: "Our first choice was Arsene".

"And while it's true to say he suffered hard times since, at the time we thought he was the best candidate to replace Alex".

"When I arrived here we were 80 people, today we are 700".

After disappointing fifth place finish last term Wenger was handed a two-year contract extension but has found himself come under serious criticism following their 4-0 defeat against Liverpool and lack of transfer activity.

"There are some clubs paying £100m and £200m on players but I do not think that's the philosophy". That is why I am still in the competition.

"I always question myself".

Do me a favour Piers, if you love Mourinho and his new club so much, why don't you forget about Arsenal and start supporting Man Utd? "Yes, of course, Man United is attractive but am I happy here?' The answer was 'yes".

"For me, a club is about values first and as well because I know what has changed".

Arsenal have faced a wealth of criticism over the course of the summer transfer window and heading into the new season, where the Gunners lost two consecutive matches before the global break. "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", Wenger said following Arsenal's 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

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