Thanks a bunch guys!
I rejected Madrid and PSG to stay at Arsenal
*words of Arséne*
Over the past 17 years or so, many have questioned my love for Arsenal football club, which I believe is an absurd thing to do. I believe my love for the club is clearly evident. I spent 17 years at the club, I stuck with the team during the highs and the lows. When the fans chanted for me to go, I ignored them and tried to help the club. Everyday, till date, I've worked very hard for the benefit of the club.
Now many people wonder why I didn't walk out on Arsenal, especially with the horrific trophy drought. I don't blame them for asking as I know many managers would have done so after the second year mainly. My answer to that question is, can a baby be easily separated from its mother? Can the Earth easily lose its pull to the sun. Can a human easily beat gravities pull, on the Earth? The answer to all those questions is no. My mind told me everyday, "Arséne, you're wasting your time, you can leave, get a better job with more money and still leave with your head held high". I thank GOD I didn't do this. I tried my best to solve the mess I created, I failed but I failed proudly.
During my time at Arsenal, as the manager of course, there were various temptations which if I had given into them, I wouldn't be in London today. I can confirm that PSG and Real Madrid offered me contracts just after I retired but I turned them down to become the director of football here. I just can't see any other team that would truly be in my heart but Arsenal. PSG and Madrid are great clubs, clubs I would love to manage but I think I've already managed one of the best and I'm satisfied.
I'm relishing my role as the director of football here. Its a new role to me, but a role I love, I think a bit more than being the manager! As the manager you have certain limitations but this role fits me perfectly. The main reason I'm glad I took this role is because I still get to be a part of Arsenal Football Club. I can still lead them to success from this role with signings etc. Working with Dragan, a young exciting player is very nice. Especially when you consider the history the two of us had. If I had my way and he was still a player, and I was still manager of the club, maybe I would have purchased him.
This season, we are looking very strong. The new signings have gelled. We recently confirmed the signing of Ross Barkley a player with lots of quality and potential, so I think we are on the right track. I'm proud to say that I played a big role in that transfer. Before I left as the manager, I told the board of my interest in Barkley and Dragan did the rest.
Arsenal Football Club are moving forward, so I am a happy one, you could call me the happy one, but I wouldn't want to upset José!