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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he rejected job offers to return to management in the Premier League due to his connections with the Gunners, per Sky Sports.
After the Frenchman spent 22 years in north London, Wenger’s next destination is up in the air as he considers his next move in the world of football management.
Wenger, 69, said that he is “too linked” with Arsenal to take on certain jobs that have been presented to him.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Wenger said: “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 unfair to them.”
Wenger has illustrated his loyalty and his gratitude to Arsenal after two decades of management in north London. Despite large waves of criticism – he said he would never forget a lack of respect shown towards him, which he branded a “disgrace” – towards the end of his tenure, the club has a special place in his heart.
The French manager guided the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the unforgettable 2003/04 campaign where his side won the league without losing a single match. Wenger managed Arsenal for 1217 games and had an average points haul of 1.95 per game.
He is a man with a philosophy that prioritises youth and player development, creating a clear identity in the way that the Gunners play. It would be odd seeing him in another English dugout.
He admitted that he used the club as a “guinea pig” to see players grow together, integrating Arsenal’s culture, beliefs and values, per the Independent.
At the end of the day, he succeeded in his experiments, one only needs to look at his trophy haul to see that.
And he is absolutely right to leave his legacy in England intact by snubbing any offers from clubs in the Premier League not named Arsenal.