WHY WENGER TURNED DOWN UNITED

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARSENE WENGER HAS re­vealed it was the “val­ues” at Arse­nal that per­suaded him to turn down Manch­ester United when they asked him to re­place Alex Fer­gu­son as man­ager at Old Traf­ford. For­mer United chair­man Martin Ed­wards said in his newly re­leased au­to­bi­og­ra­phy that he and then-chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Kenyon met Wenger twice to dis­cuss re­plac­ing Fer­gu­son af­ter the lat­ter an­nounced he would re­tire in 2002. Wenger, at the time, was on course to lead Arse­nal to their sec­ond Pre- mier League-and-FA Cup dou­ble in five years. “He was my No. 1 choice,” wrote Ed­wards, adding, “For a while we thought there was a pos­si­bil­ity of him join­ing us. But he felt he had started some­thing with Arse­nal and that his at­tach­ment to the club was too great.” Con­firm­ing Ed­wards’ rec­ol­lec­tion Wenger said he turned United down “be­cause I love the val­ues of this club and, for me, a club is about val­ues first. You speak about United, the evo­lu­tion in the last 20 years – very in­ter­est­ing. But when I came here this club was about val­ues that I love in sport. So I ques­tioned my­self. ‘Yes United is at­trac­tive but am I happy here?’ The an­swer was ‘yes’,” he said.

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