Wigan manager Uwe Rosler has revealed he held talks with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger over potential loan deals during the January transfer window. Rosler has also expressed a great admiration for Wenger ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final encounter.
The FA Cup holders meet Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday with a place in the final up for grabs, while the Premier League side the clear favourites to secure victory on the day and earn an opportunity to capture the esteemed trophy.
Arsenal are 2/1 on to triumph over Wigan, although will be wary indeed of the attacking powers the Latics possess given how they dispatched of Manchester City in the previous round - just as they did in last year’s final.
Although the two managers have never met competitively over the course of their respective careers they enjoy a good relationship, and it is a bond that almost enable Wigan to take an Arsenal player or two in the previous transfer window.
Rosler says Wenger had been ‘very willing’ to allow Wigan to secure a loan agreement with some members of his Arsenal team, although no such move was sanctioned in the end.
"I'm a big admirer of what he has achieved in English football,” Rosler told reporters. “I had a few conversations with him and his assistants regarding loan players in January and he was very willing to loan out one or two.”