Legendary ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘refuses offer to take charge of Barcelona as Spanish giants fail to replace Quique Setien with Frenchman’
- Barcelona’s patience with current manager Quique Setien is running out
- The Catalans approached Arsene Wenger about his availability for next season
- The Frenchman declined the option to manage Barcelona, he reports
- The 70-year-old has not succeeded since leaving Arsenal in 2018
According to reports, Arsene Wenger has turned down the option of being a Barcelona manager.
The ex-Arsenal boss has not taken on a managerial role since he left The Gunners in 2018 after 22 years running the North London club.
Instead, the 70-year-old took on the role of FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development last November.
Reports in France say Arsene Wenger has turned down the role of the Barcelona manager
But according to the French news center Le10sport, Barcelona approached Wenger about the possibility of becoming their new coach after losing confidence in current coach Quique Setien – which the Frenchman turned down.
Wenger faced Barcelona nine times, while Arsenal manager took his only win with a 2-1 win in the last 16 leg of the Champions League in 2011.
The six defeats to the La Liga giants include the painful comeback loss against the Catalans in the 2006 Champions League final.
The Frenchman has not held a managerial role since he left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years there
The Frenchman was linked with a move to Barcelona in 2017 when Luis Enrique was manager, but dismissed reports of a move over his commitments with the Gunners.
Meanwhile, the pressure on Setien is growing after a few difficult months for Barcelona.
The Catalans lost the league tile to arch-rival Real Madrid this summer and their only hope for silverware rests in a tough Champions League campaign for the next few days.
Wenger faced Barcelona nine times during his Arsenal career, losing six times and winning just once
The Catalans would run out of patience with current coach Quique Setien
Barcelona will take on an unbridled Bayern Munich side on Friday night in the quarter-finals, with Bundesliga giants already lifting double the German league and cup this season.
The winner of that meeting takes on Manchester City against Pep Guardiola or the French Olympique Lyonnais in the semi-final.
Setien has been criticized for his management skills since taking over from Ernesto Valverde in January, even from his own camp.
Barcelona stars Lionel Messi (right) and Luis Suarez (left) were Setien’s vocal critics
During Barcelona’s failed title challenge, striker Luis Suarez took a dive into Setien and his coaching staff, blaming them for dropping two points in a devastating 2-2 draw at the modest Celta Vigo.
Meanwhile, it is believed that talisman Lionel Messi is not satisfied with the project of the Barcelona coach and his team.