National team jobs just don't appeal to Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal manager revealed at Friday afternoon's press conference that he had turned down the role of French manager in the past. It has been widely speculated that he was also offered positions in charge of England and Japan.

Ahead of the FA Cup tie with Blackburn the 57-year-old gave his reasons for staying in the club game.

"I never felt attracted to them because I don't find [them] as important as people do," he said. "I turned France down already.

"I just find in national teams there is more national pride involved than love of football."



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