Arsene Wenger says he turned down the chance to move to Manchester United in 2001 because he was happy at Arsenal
Former United chairman Martin Edwards recently revealed in his autobiography that the Frenchman twice invited him and Peter Kenyon to his home in Totteridge to discuss succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ultimately, the Scot postponed his retirement negating the need for a formal decision although Edwards wrote that Wenger’s loyalty to David Dein and his project at Highbury would probably have won through anyway.
Asked about the story in his press conference after the 3-0 win over Bournemouth, Wenger underlined why sharing Arsenal’s club values proved decisive in his decision.
“I was always happy here, people were happy with me and I always happy.
“Because I love the values of this club and, for me, a club is about values first. One day it would be a good chat to have with the press to look at the evolution.
“You speak about Man United, the evolution in the last 20 years would be very interesting. A lot has changed but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That is why I am still in the competition.
“A lot has changed but when I came here this club was about values that I love in sport. That is why I am still in the competition.
“I always question myself. Yes, of course, Man United is attractive but am I happy here? The answer was yes.
“It is too long to talk about that but I think it is quite an interesting subject that you know certainly as well as I do, but a lot has changed.
“When I arrived here we were 80 people, today we are 700. Sometimes I cross somebody inside our club who I know, that is quite new. Most of them I don’t know anymore. We have changed a lot.”