Arsene Wenger Rewrites History A Little

The release of Arsene Wenger’s autobiography was a reminder of how much his oratory and charm are missed with his weekly Arsenal news conferences a thing of the past.

However, it also provided examples of the 70-year-old’s hazy memory which sometimes had journalists at London Colney fact-checking the detail of whichever eloquent argument he was making at the time.

Few managers last 22 years in one job and so Wenger’s sheer longevity affords him a degree of latitude but in defending the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United and his arch rival Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012, the Frenchman wrote: “After three of the four years that he signed for, he was injured and Ferguson sold him to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.”

Yet when Van Persie left Old Trafford in 2015, Ferguson had been retired for two seasons, United had already hired and sacked David Moyes with Louis van Gaal then in charge.

Similarly, in explaining Arsenal’s £40,000,001 offer for Luis Suarez at Liverpool, Wenger cites the Gunners’ pursuit taking place in 2014, adding they failed in part because “there was already an offer from Barca on the horizon.”

Arsenal’s bid actually came a year earlier. Suarez moved to Barcelona in 2014.

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