Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he wanted to join Arsenal after quiting Manchester United in 2014 – but was rejected by Arsene Wenger.
Ferdinand was in search of a new club after his deal at Old Trafford expired and he believed he could ‘help the dressing room’ at Arsenal after years of under-achievement.
However, the former Three Lions defender was knocked back by Wenger, which he claims was the ‘right call’ after he went on to struggle at his next club, Queens Park Rangers.
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The 42-year-old left United after 12 years at the club, winning six Premier League titles and a Champions League, but reveals he was seriously considering a move to one of the club’s fiercest rivals.
“The maddest thing is I thought about [joining] Arsenal,” Ferdinand said on YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.
“I said, “Arsene, listen, I am leaving Man United and if you want, I will come and try…
Source: Complete Sports