During his long, storied spell as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger achieved numerous successes, and signed some of football’s true great superstars.
However, in an interview with The Times, Wenger admitted that he turned down the chance to sign Pep Guardiola, the player, citing that he already had enough midfielders;
“When Guardiola was still a player, he came to my home to ask to play for Arsenal.”
“At the time I had [Patrick] Vieira, I had Gilberto Silva. I couldn’t take him.”
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Guardiola played over 200 times for Barcelona, as well as accumulating 47 caps for the Spanish national side.
Had Pep signed for Arsenal the life-after as a manager may very well have been different, but that version of history, we’ll never know.