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Arsene Wenger Turns Down Barcelona Job Offer After 'Holding Talks' To Replace Quique Setien

Arsene Wenger Turns Down Barcelona Job Offer After 'Holding Talks' To Replace Quique Setien

It has emerged that Arsene Wenger turned down the opportunity to become Barcelona manager after he held initial talks with the Catalan club about replacing Quique Setien.

The 70-year-old, who became the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal's history during his 22 year spell in North London, has been without a job since 2018.

During his extended break, however, Wenger has received plenty of interest from a number of clubs, including La Liga giants Barca.

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The Spanish club are currently exploring their managerial options for next season after Quique Setien could only lead his side to a second placed finish in Spanish football's top flight.

And amid the rumours, Barca have recently approached Arsene Wenger about the possibility of taking over at the Nou Camp. In fact, discussions went well and Wenger was believed to be interested in the project, according to French outlet Le 10 Sport.

But the former Arsenal boss eventually declined after some initial talks.

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Wenger has been linked with a managerial return on numerous occasions since leaving Arsenal in 2018.

Back in November, the experienced Frenchman said the chance of managing Bayern Munich would interest him after a long period away from coaching.

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"Coaching is what was my whole life until now," he told beIN SPORTS.

"Everybody who has coached will tell you the same. You miss the intensity but some things you miss a lot, some things you don't miss. I enjoy the things I don't miss too much.

"But on the other hand, football games, winning football games, preparing the team for the game, and getting satisfaction and shared emotions. That is something that you miss.

"So of course, yes. I was responsible from 33 years of age and I coached until 69 without interuption. And at a top level.

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"It's 36 years without stopping. Even if I miss it, to get out of that pressure for a year was not too bad for me. People who know me well say I'm more relaxed - and it's true."

Do you think Wenger would have been the perfect fit at Barcelona?

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Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Arsene Wenger, Manager

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.