The media have always been treated well by Arsene Wenger. He is usually one of the few managers who answers every question thrown at him by the baying pack of journalists who want a story. However, this time Wenger seems to have really opened up in an interview with beIN Sports (as quoted in the Metro).
Wenger made many interesting statements, one of which was his opinion on the world’s best player. When quizzed on who he thought was the greatest player on the planet, Wenger hazarded a choice. “Maybe Messi,” he said. Well in our book that pretty much settles it.
Given his tenure at Arsenal, Wenger has become synonymous with the cannon crest of the club. He is very much a part of the London scenery now and many Englishmen have embraced him as one of their own. Some Three Lions fans would love to see Wenger at the helm of the national side, and given his handling and patience with Arsenal’s injury ridden British core of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and co, the idea of him as England manager is mouthwatering.
However, Wenger’s ideals would not allow him to be in that position, which is why he turned it down.
“With my heart yes, I turned it down as I feel it should be an Englishman,” the Frenchman revealed.
It should come as no surprise then that Wenger with his consistent ideals has earned the respect of the football fraternity in England.
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