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Arsene Wenger offered PSG job after Carlo Ancelotti left

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Arsene Wenger was offered the chance to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as Paris Saint-Germain boss in 2013, reports L'Equipe.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi contacted the Arsenal manager to try and coax him away from the Emirates. Not for the first time, Wenger rejected it and Laurent Blanc was subsequently installed in the Parc des Princes dugout.

Wenger's unwavering commitment to the Gunners has seen him reject a number of offers during his 18-years at the club. Turning down the chance to manage in his home country and sign what would have undoubtedly been a lucrative contract, is testament to Wenger's principles.

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Scapegoat

The Frenchman has been the scapegoat for Arsenal during their difficult transition from Highbury to the Emirates. Severe financial restrictions held him back in the transfer market and also forced him into selling his best players.

That came at great expense to their on-field success. The Gunners went nine-years without winning a trophy before lifting the FA Cup last season. It eased some of the pressure on Wenger. Plenty of Arsenal fans have called for him to be sacked in recent seasons , but Wenger has always stayed committed to the Arsenal cause.

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Commitment

It would have been easy for Wenger to leave under such harsh criticism, especially for an exciting project at PSG. But Wenger has always spoken of his commitment to fulfilling contracts and doesn't seem capable of taking another job when his tenure at Arsenal finally does come to an end.

Having signed a three-year contract last year, Wenger is reaping the benefits of Arsenal's commercial success and is undertaking ambitious projects on and off of the field. Arsenal are set to upgrade and expand their London Colney training centre while superstars like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are arriving for big money.

The future

While Arsenal have fallen behind big spenders Chelsea and Manchester City, they do have a talented squad capable of challenging for major honours. Surely, if Wenger can claim a fourth Premier League title as Arsenal manager, he will leave with a re-established reputation.

His current contract ends in 2018 and at 65-years-old, few would be surprised to see him step down. There are already suggestions that Arsenal are planning for life without their most successful manager.

Should Arsene Wenger have left Arsenal when he had the chance or can he still win titles with the Gunners? Give us your view in the comments box below!

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