Arsene Wenger, ex trainer of Arsenal


Wenger: "We tried to sign Messi and Piqué for Arsenal"

Published:12/11/2019 - 23:59h

Updated:13/11/2019 - 00:03h

Cesc Fàbregas went from being a FC Barcelona squad to Arsenal captain. The Londoners also tried to sign Leo Messi and Gerard Piqué, as Wenger confirmed

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Arsène Wenger put in 2018 full stop to his stay at the head of the Arsenal, where was trainer during more than two decades. In an extensive interview conceded to beIN Sports, the French technician has desvelado several details on his vivencias in the team londinense. One of the most surprising was that the Arsenal could fichar to Gerard Hammered and to Leo Messi.

Wenger recognised that in 2003 could fichar to both, but that finally only was possible the contracting of Cesc Fábregas, that would become the captain gunner: "In this moment remember that we define the contractings of Messi, Hammered and Fábregas. Cesc was the only that attain, the others two already were too good for us", commented the French.

The one who benefited of the class of Messi, Hammered and many others was the Barça, that did not waste an exceptional generation of footballers. Beside referents like Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Víctor Valdés or Sergio Busquets, the culés lived a glorious period, conquering to the world with a showy and offensive football and fattening the vitrinas to base of titles and recognitions, beginning a series of triumphs that to day of today still hard.

Curiously, even the own Cesc Fàbregas returned to the FC Barcelona to join to all they of the hand of Pep Guardiola, that had clear that there was not better form to triumph that joint to footballers that had grown together with a philosophy of game in common.

The final of the Champions 05-06

In his interview, Wenger also remembered the hard defeat of 'his' Arsenal against the Barça in the final of the League of Champions of the season 2005-06. "I do not forget the final of Champions in 2006 when we confront us to the Barcelona. Messi could not play this party because it was lesionado... But of this does already 13 years and already was consolidated in the first staff", explained.

In this party, the Arsenal achieved to advance in the first time with a goal of Sol Campbell of head, after the kickoff of a fault. Before the rest, Lehmann, goalkeeper 'gunner', was expelled and, in the second time, the culés achieved to give him the turn to the party with the so many of Samuel Eto'or and Juliano Haus Belletti.

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