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David Moyes rejected chance to join Arsenal

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David Moyes has revealed that he almost joined Arsenal during his playing days, but pulled out of the deal when the terms of the deal were changed.

The Real Sociedad manager is still rebuilding his reputation after a disastrous 11 months in charge of Manchester United. Moyes had been hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to continue his legacy at Old Trafford, but failed to make the desired impact.

Replacing Arsene Wenger looks a long way away for the Scotsman, but he could have joined Arsenal as a player before anyone had heard of the Frenchman back in 1983, as the man himself admitted.

"When I tell people they start laughing," he told FourFourTwo magazine.

"Arsenal manager Terry Neill called me at my house in Glasgow and told me they were going to sign me"

"Cambridge were in what's now the Championship. Arsenal manager Terry Neill called me at my house in Glasgow and told me they were going to sign me, but a week later, they called back and said: 'we've decided to take you on loan'.

"I wasn't having that, leaving Celtic to go on loan, so I turned it down. Arsenal went on to buy the late Tommy Caton instead. I joined Cambridge and played every week, which I wasn't doing at Celtic."

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Moyes had a successful career as a centre-back, ending at Preston North End in 1999 as a player/manager. He made over 500 league appearances for seven clubs before eventually moving into management.

Had Moyes moved to Highbury it would have cut an entirely different path out for him, which now sees him as one of only a few British managers currently working abroad. Away from big budgets and big expectations, Moyes has been tasked with keeping Real Sociedad in La Liga.

They currently sit four points clear of the drop zone in 14th but have won just three of their last ten matches in the league.

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