Arsene Wenger says he respects Pep Guardiola for his attacking mentality and “positive approach” to football.
The Spanish manager joined Bayern Munich in 2013 after a successful four-year spell with Barcelona, and has guided the German side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the last two campaigns.
Bayern are undefeated in the league this season, scoring 33 times in the process, and Wenger has credited Guardiola’s forward-thinking philosophy with the Bavarians’ success.
“He wanted to play under me, yes,” Wenger said. “I met him and he wanted to play for Arsenal. He was already 30 or 31 at the time I think.
“He went to Italy afterwards and I had players at the time like Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, who were very young and played for the national team. At that time, he already showed a big personality.”
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