Arsene Wenger has always been involved in luring players to the Emirates and his antecedent has equally been an attractive force.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says Arsene Wenger’s determination to sign him was the reason behind his decision to snub an offer from Manchester United.
Ramsey was a subject of transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal and it was thought that he would favour a move to Old Trafford before he opted to join Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
The former Cardiff City man, whose father is said to be a United fan, says he was ultimately made to feel “more wanted” by Arsenal after they went to significant lengths to tempt him to Emirates Stadium.
“I went up there to see the facilities and I went to see Arsene Wenger,” Ramsey told Sky Sports.
“I just felt a bit more wanted by Arsenal and by the boss.”
Ramsey is vying for a starting spot for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford, with a hamstring injury having restricted him to just two substitute Premier League appearances since the opening weekend of the season.
The 25-year-old has fond memories of the ferocious clashes between United and Arsenal in the past and is relishing the prospect of facing Jose Mourinho’s side.