It would seem that Pep Guardiola was not the number one choice for the Bayern Munich job this summer, according to the president of the club Uli Hoeness.
He did, but then Arsenal signed him as boss in 1996 and the rest is history. However, danger is looming as Hoeness has admitted that the German club would still like him to coach the side at some point during his career.
For whatever reason, Wenger chose a move to North London in England over a move to Germany and it’s a choice which has transformed the way that the Gunners are perceived around the world.
They are very lucky to have signed him because he could have been tempted away by a then, bigger club with a more established footing in European football.
Had he gone to Germany then life at Arsenal could have been very different to the way it is at the moment.
Wenger has been fundamental in many basic changes at the club, which have helped Arsenal to move forward as a business and a team to a level where they can survive in a world where millions are spent each and every season.
He’s created two main ideologies at Arsenal, which would not exist if it wasn’t for him.
Firstly, there is the fact that Arsenal were one of the first teams in Europe to start playing ‘total football’, the sort of pass and move football of the modern game, which we have all come to associate with.
Secondly, he pushed for a bigger ground which would improve Arsenal’s finances in the long term. Not a popular decision originally because of having to leave Highbury but something which is now allowing Arsenal to consistently churn out profit.
Linked into that is his belief that football is still a game and an industry which can be approached with a socialist financial structure. A model which doesn’t need any side to consistently pay £50 million each summer for one player.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, that has meant that the club have missed out on some superstar signings but it has gone a long way to stopping the wage bill from spiralling out of control.
Had he been over at Bayern Munich then Arsenal may well still be a modestly improved Highbury and they may not be playing a brand of football, which we now associate the with.
What do you think Arsenal would be like had he chosen Bayern?
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