Apparently, Sir Bobby Robson was set to take over at Arsenal before Arsene Wenger did in 1996 but was convinced to stay at Porto instead.
Robson, who wasn’t a Sir at this point, reportedly even agreed to join the Gunners but, in the Guardian’s words, was ‘cajoled’ into staying at the Portuguese club.
This left the door oven for Arsene Wenger.
Another interesting fact, pointed out by the Mail Online’s sports editor, Mike Anstead, is that Wenger first met David Dein in 1989, years before Le Professeur joined Arsenal, at a dinner party and it was the Monaco manager’s skill at charades and dancing that set him apart.
It’s a lovely story and I really hope it’s true.
I didn't know the first bit of this today in Guardian.
And I definitely didn't know the second bit. pic.twitter.com/8TFy6k2Qz4
— Mike Anstead (@mike_anstead) September 22, 2016
Dein already worked for Arsenal at the time. Little did he know that the man he saw miming out A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a dinner party would one day manage the club he worked for for 20 years. It’s crazy to think about.