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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he has held talks over a return to the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger has revealed he has talked to Arsenal about a return to the club, but believes it is still a bit early to return.
The Frenchman left the Gunners with Unai Emery replacing him at the start of last weekend.
The 69-year-old has yet to return to management after leaving Arsenal following a largely successful period at the club
Wenger has confirmed he has talked to the club but feels it is too early to go back to the Emirates.
“I have been in touch with some people at the club but I felt when you go like that you cannot be half in, half out,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“You let people who come in work their way. And I wanted to take a complete distance.
“It’s still a bit early, maybe, to go back. I haven’t been back at the club.”
Wenger has been linked with a number of jobs since he left the Emirates and has admitted he chose not to return to management when he could have.
“I was tempted and as well a little bit afraid to dive back into it straight away,” he added.
“I was realising that I lived like somebody in a coma for 35 years who woke up and saw something different in life than just my club, my game and my work.
“So I thought maybe I have to analyse that and take a little bit longer distance.”
Wenger also revealed how Arsenal missed out on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during his time at the club.
When asked if he ever tried to sign Ronaldo, Wenger explained: “Yes, you have to live with regret in life with unachieved business.
“And this is a big part of it.”
He added: “Never [had Messi with an Arsenal shirt]. We were in discussion with him when we bought Fabregas.
“You can realise sometimes what fantastic youth teams you had before when you’re a club like Barcelona.
“But in the same team: Messi, Pique and Fabregas. Pique and Fabregas came to Spain, Messi came to England and Messi stayed in Spain.
“We were interested in him, yes. But he was untouchable at the time.”