Friday, February 22, 2013
PSG SEEKS FORMER FRENCH PRESIDENT, SARKOZY'S HELP TO LURE ARSENE WENGER TO PARIS
Oil rich Qatari French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain have called on former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to help lure Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger back home.
The Ligue 1 leaders are considering replacing manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season, despite the club sitting pretty at the top of the table and still in the Champions League.
PSG have made several attempts to lure Wenger back to France through his 16 years at Arsenal and with him under more pressure than ever before, the Qatari owners have high hopes of getting their way.
According to Le Nouvel, a weekly French news magazine, Sarkozy, whose time in power in France ended last year, has been acting as facilitator for his friends at PSG.
The former president is often seen in the director's box at the club's Parc de Princes, and reports claim talks have taken place between he and Wenger.
The Gunners boss, though, was defiant on Friday morning as he insisted he would not quit his job in north London, despite enduring more disappointment in a challenging season.
Wenger has found his position under intense scrutiny, after a midweek 3-1 defeat in the Champions League by Bayern Munich following on from their shock FA Cup exit at home to Blackburn and Capital One Cup loss to Bradford.
The 63-year-old - whose side are set for an eighth season without silverware - reacted angrily earlier this week to 'lies' the club had already opened talks over a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in 2014.
However, despite the negativity surrounding his squad, Wenger says he is not about to walk away from the challenges ahead - insisting his desire for the job burns as bright as ever.
Asked directly if he had considered his position this week, Wenger replied: 'Never. Not one second. I don't think that (motivation) spark has anything to do with the length of your life. It is just that's how you are and you're motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.
'If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don't manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move.'