Ex-Spurs Manager Recalls How He Nearly Joined Arsenal

"The deal, for me, was done. We never spoke money, but it was Arsenal."
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Ex-Spurs manager and Aston Villa hero Tim Sherwood has told the Guardian how he nearly joined Arsenal under Bruce Rioch.

It's well known that Sherwood is an Arsenal fan, but he's revealed that a dream nearly came true when he was approached by Rioch. However, the deal fell through after Rioch was sacked and replaced by "some guy called Arsène Wenger".

“We lived in Harpenden, in Hertfordshire, and it was summer time and I’d been talking to [Bruce],” Sherwood recalls.

“The deal, for me, was done. We never spoke money, but it was Arsenal. I thought he was calling me to say what time to go to [Arse nal training ground] London Colney but he was ringing me to say he’d been sacked. They got rid of him and brought in some guy called Arsène Wenger. And he signed two players called Vieira and Petit, who no one had ever heard of. I was going: ‘Who are they?’”

Sherwood leads Villa out against Arsenal at Wembley next weekend in the FA Cup final. He'll be looking to spoil Arsenal's party and prevent them from winning back to back FA Cups and their record breaking 12th ever.

However, even if Villa do fall short, perhaps Sherwood will be celebrating inside.


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