Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits: ‘I could have won more by going somewhere else’

first_imgArsene Wenger laments his lack of silverware (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has admitted that his loyalty to Arsenal cost him success in his career, saying that it is a ‘fact that he could have won more by going somewhere else’.The veteran manager was in charge of the Gunners from 1996-2008, winning the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup seven times in his epic stint in north London.Wenger had been linked with other jobs while he was at Arsenal, most notably Real Madrid, but remained loyal to the London side.The 69-year-old admits that this cost him silverware over his career, although is content with the decisions he made earlier in his career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘No regret,’ Wenger told beIN Sports. ‘Regret is that maybe I sacrificed a little bit the winning potential against the loyalty potential, or the desire to build up the club and the influence I had on the club to build up the club when we built the stadium, against the fact that I could have won more by going somewhere else and being less limited financially.‘At the end of the day, I’m happy to do what I did, to have done what I did. I thought from a very young age I want to work the way I like to work.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes today I weigh up a little bit ‘have I done well or not?’ But I felt that I was in a club [Arsenal] where I met my needs the way I wanted to work.‘Why change that and maybe be in a bit more glorious situation but less happy situation and less influenceable situation, where I had less influence on the club [Real Madrid]?‘So I decided that I keep trying to experience my love story [at Arsenal].’Wenger was again linked with the Real Madrid job last year when Julen Lopetegui lost his job, but said he was never contacted by the club about the role.The former Monaco boss is still keen to return to club management and has not retired, but is remaining patient as he waits for a suitable opportunity.The France national team, Paris Saint-Germain or a move to the Chinese Super League have been touted as possible options for Wenger, but no new job looks likely to materialise any time soon.MORE: Arsenal eyeing up Scunthorpe United’s record-breaking midfielder Joey DawsonMORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil recommended Serge Gnabry for Germany call-up five years ago Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 13 Oct 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits: ‘I could have won more by going somewhere else’center_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Lionel Messi ready to leave Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his deal expires in 2021, according to reports from Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Messi is said to be angry with Barcelona’s front office about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun discussing renewing Messi’s last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but they no longer wish to advance the negotiation, according to the Cadena Ser report.The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the past year.In January, he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, whom Messi said had implied players had a hand in Valverde being sacked.In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Messi declared the team wasn’t good enough to win this season’s Champions League.Then in April Messi criticised Barca’s board of directors for implying players were not willing to accept a pay cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: ESPNlast_img read more