Arsene Wenger reveals story of how the POPE interrupted Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck deal
Arsene Wenger reveals unbelievable story of how he needed to break off switch negotiations to pinch Danny Welbeck away from Tottenham… as a result of he needed to meet the Pope!
- Welbeck regarded sure to hitch Tottenham on deadline day again in 2014
- However Wenger was decided to convey striker from Man United to Arsenal
- Gunners boss was over in Rome for the Match for Peace charity occasion
- This included an viewers with Pope Francis nevertheless it did not cease negotiations
- Wenger has recalled how he sealed the deal for Welbeck whereas in Vatican queue
Arsene Wenger has recalled how he snatched Danny Welbeck from beneath the noses of Tottenham – all whereas queuing for an viewers with the Pope.
As negotiations reached a fragile stage, with Welbeck trying virtually sure to hitch Arsenal’s north London rivals, Wenger was in Rome to fulfill Pope Francis forward of the Match for Peace, an inter-religious charity sport.
Arsene Wenger has revealed how he signed Danny Welbeck whereas queuing to see the Pope
Wenger was on the Vatican for an viewers with Pope Francis on deadline day in 2014
Regardless of being in line to see the Pope, Wenger was in a position to affect the switch talks and guarantee Welbeck signed for Arsenal in a £16million deal.
Talking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast as he promotes his new autobiography, Wenger recalled: ‘Danny Welbeck once I went to the Match for Peace.
‘On the airport I used to be informed he was signing for Tottenham and I managed to intercept him. It was a shaggy dog story as a result of I used to be negotiating all day.
‘We had Ivan [Gazidis] and Dick Legislation to barter and so they referred to as me up and I had the agent on the cellphone.
‘And I informed him, “Look, I’ve to hold up as a result of I am in entrance of the Pope.”
The previous Arsenal boss has recalled the story as he promotes his new autobiography
Welbeck on his Arsenal debut following his £16m transfer from Man United on deadline day
‘He stated to me, “What?” I stated, “Sure” as a result of we have been queuing to have a photograph with the Pope in a personal viewers, and I used to be in the back of the queue as a result of I needed to discuss and negotiate.
‘I arrived in entrance of the Pope and I needed to say, “Look, that is not doable any extra. I’ll meet the Pope now.”
‘And we nonetheless signed him.’
Pope Francis was in attendance as Wenger managed a crew that included Diego Maradona.
On the time, Wenger stated the deal for Welbeck wouldn’t have occurred had he not been up early that day to fly to Rome.
Diego Maradona current an Argentine shirt to Pope Francis forward of the 2014 Match for Peace
Wenger pictured within the dug-out as he managed a crew on the Match for Peace in 2014
As a result of United signed Radamel Falcao from Monaco that day, their supervisor Louis van Gaal was prepared to dump one in every of their different strikers.
Welbeck was initially solely obtainable on mortgage, which might have been Arsenal’s most well-liked possibility, however when a everlasting transfer was mooted they did not hesitate.
Wenger stated on the time: ‘If I had not travelled that day, Welbeck wouldn’t be right here. The benefit of that day was I needed to rise up at six o’clock within the morning and I used to be obtainable the entire day.
‘We’re in 2014 and you may all the time be in contact with all people, even if you journey.
‘Assembly the Pope was an expertise I didn’t wish to miss. I’m a Catholic and the invitation was one thing that I accepted a very long time in the past.
Welbeck scored 32 objectives throughout his time at Arsenal and has simply been launched by Watford
‘On high of that, it was a sport for peace and multi-religion understanding. I assumed that right this moment, after we are a bit in entrance of a global spiritual warfare – it was an important sport.
‘The Pope is a superb particular person to fulfill as a result of he exhibits humility and he has a phrase with all people. He’s a soccer fan.
‘You can’t be born in Argentine and never be a soccer fan. He’s a supporter of San Lorenzo in Argentina.’
Wenger’s facet misplaced the Match for Peace 6-3 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Welbeck, who has simply been launched by Championship membership Watford, scored 32 objectives in 126 matches throughout his 5 seasons with Arsenal.