Arsene Wenger has today revealed that he has rejected several opportunities to make a return to the dugout in England, due to his Arsenal ties.
Wenger’s Arsenal reign
French tactician Wenger held the post of Arsenal boss for an incredible 22 years between 1996 and 2018.
However, the final years of his reign saw large sections of the club’s fanbase turn on the former Monaco boss, as both performances and results took a steady turn for the worse.
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As such, it came as little surprise when Wenger was finally replaced at the Emirates in the summer of 2018, with former Sevilla and PSG manager Unai Emery having been the man tasked with the job of guiding Arsenal into a new era.
‘Too linked with Arsenal’
Wenger has since remained out of the managerial game, instead filling his time with work in punditry.
This, though, has not come as a result of a lack of offers.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports News earlier today, Wenger confirmed that he has turned down the chance to take over at several Premier League clubs, due to being ‘too linked with Arsenal’:
‘I’m an Arsenal man and after that I’m a professional. I can’t stop working.’
‘I decided to move out of the Premier League because I am too linked with Arsenal. I had opportunities to work in England but I turned them down.’
‘I don’t want to tell you [which clubs] because there are people in charge and it would be unfair to them.’