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Arsene Wenger explains reason why he has turned down Premier League job offers

Arsene Wenger says he has turned down offers to manage in the Premier League because he is “too linked” to former club Arsenal.

The Frenchman has been without a club since he walked away from the Gunners after 22 years in charge.

After replacing Bruce Rioch as manager in 1996, Wenger went on the change the face of the club and won three Premier League titles, as well as seven FA Cups.

The 69-year-old says he has been on the lookout for a new club since his Arsenal departure and he has been linked with several teams.

Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge
Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge
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While he is yet to decide on his next move, Wenger has admitted that he has already turn down Premier League clubs.

That is because his love of Arsenal is such that he could not manage another English side, according to the man himself.

“I’m an Arsenal man and after that I’m a professional. I can’t stop working,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“I decided to move out of the Premier League because I am too linked with Arsenal. I had opportunities to work in England but I turned them down.

Arsene Wenger won three Premier League titles as Arsenal boss
Arsene Wenger won three Premier League titles as Arsenal boss
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“I don’t want to tell you [which clubs] because there are people in charge and it would unfair to them.”

Despite enjoying much success early on at Arsenal, Wenger received a considerable amount of criticism in the latter stages of his tenure at the club.

Even when he did to leave, many believed that he should have decided to move on much sooner.

After qualifying for the Champions League for 20 consecutive seasons, the Gunners were only able to finish fifth and sixth in his last two campaigns in charge.

Arsene Wenger says he could never manage another English side other than Arsenal
Arsene Wenger says he could never manage another English side other than Arsenal
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Wenger was keen to defend his record though, saying: “I know it is normal that people always want more. We won a lot and we built the [Emirates] stadium.

“It’s difficult to explain today the circumstances in which we built the stadium because the turnovers today have been multiplied by five.

“When we decided to build the stadium, we had a turnover of £90m and the stadium was £430m. Then the pressure is really there and I think to come out of that period in a very healthy situation was a little bit of a miracle.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsene-wenger-explains-reason-turned-20534459

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