Rummenigge reveals Bayern 'very close' to appointing Arsene Wenger

The German supremo has stated that the Arsenal boss held talks with the Bundesliga side while still managing Monaco.

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League tomorrow night, and had things worked out differently it could well be Arsene Wenger in the German side’s dugout.

With the French coach trying desperately to end an eight-year trophy drought at the Emirates Stadium, it has been revealed that the French coach could have moved to Bayern earlier in his career.

Chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated that the Bundesliga giants held talks with Wenger back when he was in charge of Monaco.

“In England, there are many good coaches and I like Arsene,” the retired Germany international told The Daily Mail.

“We were very close in the 1990’s to signing him. He was managing Monaco. We were in discussions to bring him to Munich but he decided to go to Tokyo.”

Wenger spent a solitary season in Japan before being appointed as Arsenal’s boss in 1996.

He is the longest serving current Premier League manager, and will this week look to down the side that he had the chance to join all those years ago.

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