RONALDO: WENGER RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Cristiano Ronaldo came close to joining the Gunners until Premier League rivals Manchester United swooped in on him. Wenger told TalkSPORT that he regrets not signing Ronaldo because the five-time Ballon D’or winner was close to joining him in North London. According to the Frenchman, he wished Ronaldo was added to the Invincibles.

Wenger was the architect of one of the biggest teams ever seen in English football during the 2003/04 season. He masterminded affairs from the dugout as Arsenal went through the season with an unbeaten record on the way to winning the Premier League title. Frenchman Wenger won his third and final Premier League title during the unbeaten season.

Arsenal appointed Wenger as their manager in September 1996 and he was a relatively unknown quantity to both the players and the fans at the time. Wenger didn’t start the 1996/97 season, but still manage to lead the team to third place at the end of the season as Manchester United won the Premier League title.

In his first full season, Wenger led Arsenal to the Premier League title. It was the first league title for the Gunners in the Premier League era. As a matter of fact, Arsenal finished the season with a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Wenger sealed a second Premier League title during the 2001/02 season without losing any game away from home. The Frenchman won the second Premier League and FA Cup double of his Arsenal tenure during that season.

At the end of his tenure at Arsenal, Wenger had won three Premier League titles and six FA Cup titles. It must be pointed out that Wenger and Arsenal were presented with a golden trophy when the team went through the season without a single defeat.

THE BALE-MADRID UNION SHOULD END ALREADY

Reports on Friday claim Gareth Bale’s agent wants his rep out of Real Madrid as relations have not improved. The fans keep booing the player since his return from international duty with Wales. The fan flag incident did not go down well with the fans. Bale has also not recently had the opportunity to shut the comments down with excellent performances on the pitch.

Jonathan Barnett says while his rep has not officially asked to leave the club, Bale is not “ecstatic.” Barnett claimed Bale was only fulfilling his contractual obligations as long as he remains in Madrid’s employ. He confirmed that Bale is working with the team to ensure the La Liga comes to Madrid at the end of the season, aside European success.

Despite the fan incident, Barnett says the Welshman remains professional; with stats confirming when he plays Madrid have a higher chance of winning. However, if a good opportunity comes and Bale agrees, then the next thing would be a chat with Florentino Perez, he added.

The 30-year old might have to end the union with Madrid this summer after plans for last summer failed. So far he has netted twice in all competitions this season. If the move to Asia is allowed, Bale gets an impressive retirement package and all of the issues end. Zinedine Zidane, who has tried and failed with his diplomatic moves, could face his project and his aim of landing KylianMbappe.

With the ways things stand, Madrid are still in contention for the league title but their arch rivals are favourites to retain it. In Europe, it is ever an open race for who has the biggest heart.