Man City boss Guardiola wanted to join Arsenal – but Wenger turned him down

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola once 'wanted to join Arsenal', but was turned down by Arsene Wenger.

Prior to becoming one of the world's best managers, Guardiola also enjoyed a fruitful playing career which saw him play in Spain, Italy, Qatar and Mexico.

Although he never played for a club in England, he had hoped to join Arsenal back in 2001 and even set up a meeting with Wenger to discuss a potential move.

He would also come close to arriving in this country four years later when he almost joined Wigan Athletic but again a move did not materialise.

Having left Barcelona at the end of the 2000/01 season, Guardiola had eyes on a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal his preferred destination.

He even met with Wenger, with the former Arsenal boss revealing in 2015 that: “I met him at home. He wanted to play for Arsenal. He was 30/31. But he then went to Italy.”

Guardiola instead joined Brescia before going on to play for Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados de Sinaloa.

He later retired in 2006 before going in to management, where he has enjoyed a trophy laden career with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

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This comes off the back of winning six league titles and the European Cup as a player with Barcelona.

Guardiola himself discussed his failed move to Highbury in an interview with Sky Sports back in 2018.

“I would have liked to have played for him," he revealed.

“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.”

Yet another player that got away from Wenger and Arsenal.

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