Spanish radio reveals why Monchi turned down Arsenal for Sevilla

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser this afternoon provided an insight into why Monchi rejected a move to Arsenal, in favour of a Sevilla return.

Sevilla stint

50-year-old Monchi is best-remembered for his time in La Liga with Sevilla.

After lining out with the Andalusian outfit for 9 years between 1990 and 1999, the Spaniard was appointed as the club’s sporting director in 2000.

And Monchi went on to establish himself as one of European football’s most highly-respected figures over the course of his 17 year-stint at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, overseeing a hugely-impressive 11-trophy-haul for Los Hispalenses.

Roma switch

As such, it was viewed as a major coup for Roma when the Serie A giants coaxed Monchi away from his home country in the summer of 2017.

And the former goalkeeper subsequently went on to secure the signatures of a number of highly sought-after players following his arrival in the Italian capital.

The likes of Cengiz Under, Justin Kluivert, Steven NZonzi and breakout star Nicolo Zaniolo all made the move to the Stadio Olimpico on the back of Monchi’s appointment.

Cengiz Under

Cengiz Under of AS Roma in action during the serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico on February 25, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Arsenal links

As a result, reports that a number of Europe’s top clubs maintained an interest in luring the Spaniard away from the Giallorossi came as little surprise.

In the Premier League, both Arsenal and Manchester United were named as keen suitors of Monchi.

The former were thought to have been particularly-keen, following Sven Mislintat’s surprise departure from North London last month.

As such, when Monchi’s Roma exit was made official last week, Arsenal were immediately viewed as the favourites to seal a deal for the Spaniard.

Sevilla return

And, despite it having emerged soon after that Sevilla had also entered the race for their former chief’s services, the Gunners were nevertheless thought to be inching towards closing an agreement with Monchi.

But, in a huge, and rather surprising blow for Arsenal earlier today, it was confirmed that Monchi had made the decision to head back to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan:

‘Overconfident’

And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of Cadena Ser this afternoon, an insight into the reasoning behind Monchi’s eventual decision to reject Arsenal has been provided.

As per Mr. Arsenic on Twitter, weeks of negotiations between the board at the Emirates and Monchi left the Gunners ‘overconfident’ that they had a deal ‘in the bag’, with the 50-year-old’s eventual decision to turn them down having come as an absolute bolt from the blue for all associated with Arsenal:

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