Wenger Turns Down Barca Job After Talks To Replace Setien
NEWSMAN – Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to coach Barcelona after he held initial talks with the Catalan club about replacing Quique Setien, according to latest reports out of Nou Camp.
The 70-year-old, who became the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history during his 22 year spell in North London, has been without a job since 2018.
During his extended break, however, Wenger has received plenty of interest from a number of clubs, including La Liga giants Barca.
The Spanish club are currently exploring their managerial options for next season after Quique Setien could only lead his side to a second placed finish in Spanish football’s top flight.
And amid the rumours, Barca have recently approached Arsene Wenger about the possibility of taking over at the Nou Camp.
Wenger has been linked with a managerial return on numerous occasions since leaving Arsenal in 2018.
Back in November, the experienced Frenchman said the chance of managing Bayern Munich would interest him after a long period away from coaching.
“When asked by beIN SPORTS about being interested in the job, the Frenchman said “Of course. Coaching is what was my whole life until now,”
“Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don’t miss. I enjoy the things I don’t miss too much”, he added.
“But on the other hand, football games, winning football games, preparing the team for the game, and getting satisfaction and shared emotions. That is something that you miss. So of course, yes. I was responsible from 33 years of age and I coached until 69 without interruption. And at a top level”
“It’s 36 years without stopping. Even if I miss it, to get out of that pressure for a year was not too bad for me. People who know me well say I’m more relaxed – and it’s true.”, Wenger explained.