Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that Pep Guardiola wanted a move to Arsenal during his playing days, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The two will meet on the touchline later on this evening as the Gunners travel to Bavaria in order to play Guardiola’s impressive Bayern Munich side in the Champions League group stage.
The Spaniard had just a glittering a career as a player than he currently does as manager, forming a key part of the Barcelona side in his day and serving as an influence on the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas.
Now, Wenger has revealed that he met with tonight’s adversary regarding a move to Highbury for the Barcelona bastion a number of years ago.
‘He wanted to play with me as coach’, stated the Frenchman, ‘he wanted to play for Arsenal. I met him. He was 30-31 back then.’
Instead, the Spanish maestro moved to Italy after leaving the Camp Nou and played for Brescia and Roma in Serie A, before returning to Catalonia as manager of the club’s B side.
His managerial career has seen him win 19 major titles with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, including numerous league titles and two Champions League wins.