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'Wenger was our first choice,' admits PSG sporting director

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo has confirmed that the Ligue 1 side wanted Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as their new manager before they appointed Carlo Ancelotti last month.

The Paris giants’, who were taken over by new Qatari owners last summer, had been looking for an experienced manager since sacking Antoine Kombouare in December.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the spearhead of Qatar Sports Investments, made a ‘tentative enquiry’ over bringing Wenger to Parc des Princes last month but did not even receive a response from Arsenal officials.

“It was normal that for a project in France, when you are looking for a new manager, you think of a French coach”, Leonardo told French football TV show Telefoot.

“It is natural that the name of Arsene Wenger came into my head.”

Wenger, who after 14 years with Arsenal is already the club’s longest-serving manager, signed a new contract until 2014 almost two years.

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pete
pete
8 years ago

no surprise that psg wanted him, would have been perfect for them

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

Oh, didn’t know that he don’t want to manage beyond his 65 years? If that’s true then he will be 65 in 2014. His current contract is until 2014 I guess. So we’ll finaly get rid of him! Hurrah! Then find the better one.. 😉

dave
8 years ago

Yeah roll on 2014, someone may be who has moved with times and not stuck in past. Hopefully the yank and gazidas will go to………….

davegooner
davegooner
8 years ago

PSG dodged a bullet. Ancelotti is by far the better choice and I’d be happy to do a swap in the summer. Anything to get him out of my club!!

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

@davegooner: you’ll see what a great manager he is when he retires and will be no longer here.

Paul N
Paul N
8 years ago

I wish we could get supporter’s like Dave and Alex out of “my” club.

Its a good thing you both have no say in the matter. Clue less!

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

@Paul N: do you know the word: sarcasm? I guess you do mate. Try to sniff it here and there from time to time. no offence. cheers

Simhan
Simhan
8 years ago

@Alex: U wil know once he leaves the club. Who got u titles ? . Who got u good football? Once he leaves , u guys wil feel.

dave
8 years ago

To paul n, i pay alot of money for my season ticket so i have the right to my opinion, if your happy with the decline of our club thas fine, arsenal was around and will be after wenger, i think as now do many many fans think its time for a massive change at the club, and before you come back with the usual answer like go surport city, chelsea or spurs pls think of something different.

Cornell
Cornell
8 years ago

its true doe if you don’t like the way the clubs run go support man city…. Or buy your own club and run It the way you want to. If not then sit down and zippit. fans like you don’t understand that arsenal can’t financially compete with spending like chelsea’s or city’s… So have to invest in youth and that’s more than a one year process.

*We love arsenal we do!!*

dave
8 years ago

Or buy my own club good comment, dont give me that bolloxs about not haveing money, may be not with city as no other club in europe has, is that not why we moved stadiums. And may be just may be if wenger would not put such very poor players on such high fucking contracts they would have more funds. bye the way we are the third richest club in the world thats what forbes say, others rank us as the 5th richest in the world in 2011 hardly got the administrators knocking on door!

WillyG
WillyG
8 years ago

Those who don’t like it when Wenger gets sacked or moves to PSG can go support City or Spurs then.

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