Arsene Wenger claims he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Arsene Wenger claims he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsene Wenger claims he nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

The sextet have been cleared out in preparation for Wenger's successor being appointed, who is likely to want to bring in his own coaching team. In 1925, Herbert Chapman left Huddersfield to take over at Arsenal and, like the man who bowed out so many years later, he was a visionary who had a profound impact on the club.

It would be a significant gamble to hand the reins to the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has never managed a side before.

Lewin's time with the club predates even Arsene Wenger's, having joined in June 1995.

'It was important for us because it was the last game of the boss, ' he said.

"It has been a odd couple of weeks because you know the boss is going to leave and we tried to do everything to make him leave on a high, which unfortunately didn't happen in the semi-finals of the Europa League", he added.

The Frenchman's 22-year reign came to an end with a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield on Sunday as he was again treated to a guard of honour and a number of special moments.

"I almost signed Ronaldo and I think that would have changed the history of Arsenal Football Club". To enjoy it we had to win it, winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it. Do I feel relief?

Previous favourite, Juventus manager Max Allegri had been sounded out it is believed he is now looking to stay at La Vecchia Signora, unless he has a sudden change of heart.

Two planes flew over the stadium, carrying messages reading; "Merci Arsene, we will miss you too" and "One Arsene Wenger".

In the 22nd minute, the entire ground stood to applaud Wenger, whose achievements - including three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a 49 game unbeaten run - were celebrated in song by the travelling North London supporters.

"Yes I had offers, yes, of course. I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else".