Guardiola explains why Arsenal boss Wenger turned him down

Date published: Sunday 25th February 2018 10:31

Pep Guardiola says that Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign him for Arsenal because “there was no space” in his squad.

Guardiola joined the ever-increasing ranks of players who almost signed for Wenger when the Frenchman claimed earlier this month that he spoke to the former midfielder during his playing career.

Manchester City manager Guardiola corroborated the story, saying he visited Wenger’s home in an attempt to secure the move.

The Spaniard was unsuccessful however, as Wenger was already content with his squad.

“I would have liked to have played for him,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“I called him to make an interview and he invited me to his home, he was so kind. I said my dream is to play in the Premier League and I would like to play with you and I feel I can help you.

“Maybe it was a little bit arrogant but he had his squad and he said there was no space.

“I understand completely but I would have liked to have played with him. It was not possible, so no problem at all.”

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