Wenger Reveals There Were Offers

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that there were offers from several other clubs for him to take over as manager this summer before he decided to sign a new three year contract extension with the Gunners.

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Wenger took over the North London side in 1996 after Bruce Rioch got the sack and revolutionised the side, leading them to the double in 1998 and winning two more titles with the club in the years since.

With Wenger now well into his sixties, it had been reported that if he made a decision to stay with his beloved Arsenal then he would not take on another management job before he retires, as he has often said that he cannot see himself managing as long as rival Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wenger put any speculation to bed by signing his new contract with Arsenal and is now fully focused on bringing more silverware to the Emirates Stadium but he did reveal that he was not short on offers earlier this summer.

"I love the club and I don't see myself going anywhere else," said the former Monaco manager, who oversaw his side draw with Liverpool yesterday as the Premier League season finally got under way.

"I believe I have one way only to show my commitment to this club - by signing a contract I have been offered.

"I didn't put the gun to anyone's head and I can only show one way how much I want to do well for the club.

"I get offers but I always keep a note in my job that I go to the end of my contract.

"I wasn't ready to talk and for me it is important to focus and not talk about other clubs or opportunities that I have.

"The best way to focus is to extend the contract but the day I feel I cannot focus or take the team further I will go."

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