Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told BBC Sport that he had chances to leave the club three years in a row.
The Frenchman made the revelation during an interview with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on the BBC Football Focus show.
“In 2004, 2005 and 2006 I had chances to leave, of course, but I went with the club for the challenge of building a new stadium without dropping out of the Champions League and we made it every year,” Wenger said when asked if he had chances to leave Arsenal.
Wenger has been in charge of the North London outfit since 1996 and is easily one of the best football managers in the world.
Perhaps in the last few years his stock has fallen due to Arsenal’s lack of trophies and failure to compete for the Premier League title, but back in the early naughties he was hugely popular.
It was largely due to Wenger that Arsenal became one of the most popular clubs in the world, their football hugely entertaining and exciting.
There can be no denial that the former AS Monaco boss has struggled to meet the fans’ expectations in the last few years, but his argument about compensating for the money that went into building the Emirates Stadium cannot be dismissed.