JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he had turned down the opportunity to manage Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid. That moment still leaves regret for the professor, the nickname of Wenger.
Wenger's shrewdness as a compounding tactician began to be respected when he managed Arsenal. During 22 years of leading the Gunners, Wenger won three English Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and the Community Shield.
One of Wenger's sweet stories with Arsenal was when he had a team nicknamed the Invincible Arsenal, due to an unbeaten record for a season in 2003/04.
Madrid then fell in love with Wenger's abilities. They were known to make several offers to him to manage Los Galacticos, but Wenger remained unmoved. Although the Frenchman was satisfied with his decision to stay in North London, there was still a bit of regret because he threw away the opportunity to add to the collection of titles with the best team in the world.
"No real regrets," Wenger told BeIN Sports. "The regret might be that I sacrificed a bit of potential championship because I chose to be loyal and have the desire to build a club and the influence I had on the club to build a new stadium. While on the other hand, I was against the fact that I might win more trophies elsewhere."
"In the end, I was happy with what I had decided, and finished what I chose. I think since I was very young I had wanted to work this way," continued Wenger.
"Sometimes I always wonder, 'Have I done it well?' "But I think I was at a club where all my needs were always met. Why should I change it even though the situation might be better, but for what if I don't feel happy and can't have as much influence at Arsenal?"
In the end, Wenger prefered to stay at the Emirates Stadium.