Bayern wanted Arsenal boss
Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich has admitted that he attempted to sign Arsene Wenger before and during his career at Arsenal football club. The club held talks with the manager on a number of occasions, but he turned them down each time preferring to stay in the Premier League with The Gunners.
In an interview with British newspaper, Hoeness spoke of his admiration for the Frenchman.
“We did try to get him at Bayern Munich a few times,” he admitted.
“Even before he went to Japan, Franz Beckenbauer and I went to Nice and discussed with him and everything was clear, but then at the end of the day he decided to go to Japan.
“We were very surprised. From Japan he went to Arsenal and over the years, whenever we were looking for a new coach, Wenger was always one we considered.
“He’s a very serious person, very strong and has a very good idea about the game.
“There have been a few moments where we have discussed his name over the years.
“He has always remained loyal to Arsenal which is fantastic behaviour. But it is true we wanted him at Bayern a few times.”
The Gunners take on Bayern Munich this week in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie, and despite being the last English team left in the competition, the pressure is on as Arsenal have to overturn a 3-1 advantage.
The under pressure Arsenal manager no longer remains a target for the German giants as they signed Pep Guardiola in the summer and Bayern are expecting great things from the former Barcelona boss.
“We are proud we signed him. It’s a fantastic thing for the Bundesliga,” Hoeness added.
“But the problem for him and Bayern is it’s a risk as well. He will be under huge pressure. I think we will be champions this year so the pressure on him and the club will be big. With Guardiola, you can only win the championship, nothing else.
“Jupp Heynckes is doing a fantastic job and Guardiola will be measured by what happens this year.”