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Arsene Wenger claims he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

16 May 2018

ONE of the slightly unfortunate ironies of Arsene Wenger's departure at Arsenal is that he is leaving just months after signing the goal-greedy striker the club has been missing for years.

Arteta's appointment would fit into that structure, with the former Arsenal captain making a big impression in his role on Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Manchester City this season.

"It is one way traffic in the betting for the next Arsenal manager and it seems as though everybody is convinced that Arteta is the man to step into Wenger's shoes", said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

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Patrick Vieira was left disappointed at Arsenal's "token gesture" after being contacted about the vacant managerial position at the club, say Sky sources.

"It might appeal to him to take another Premier League job and stick it to his old club. We talked a lot already and we also wrote in a book for him". Wenger was given gifts to mark the day and a guard of honour was once again formed for the Arsenal manager before kick off.

The 22-year-old has made a total of 26 appearances for Arsenal in the league this season and will now shift his focus to the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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That reciprocation of the relationship at Huddersfield was a touching moment, the Frenchman quipped afterwards: "I should have announced every week that I was retiring, people have been so nice with me since I said that!"

From cucumber sandwiches and industrial strength gin and tonics on Peter Hill-Wood's lawn, the corridors of power at Arsenal Football Club have sometimes resembled a scene from Brideshead Revisited. "Maybe it's better I go somewhere else". I think they'd be more solid and hard to beat [under Allegri]. "I want to wish this group of players well and the staff coming in, I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else".

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Arsene Wenger claims he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo