Arsene Wenger rejected Barcelona approach as pressure piles on Quique Setien

Arsene Wenger recently turned down the chance to manage Barcelona it has emerged.

Quique Setien is under huge pressure at the Nou Camp after failing to defend the club's La Liga title.

Setien was only handed the role in January but the club apparently spoke to Wenger – now working at FIFA – about a return to the dugout.

Wenger managed Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, becoming the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history.

But it seems the Frenchman is quite content with his role as a pundit and doesn't want the pressure of stepping into the Nou Camp hot seat.

French outlet Le 10 Sport claims the Catalan giants are one of a number of clubs to approach Wenger recently and be turned down by the 70-year-old.

The report states that initial discussions progressed well and Wenger was interested in the project before choosing to to reject Barcelona's offer.

It seems highly unlikely that Setien will still be in the role at the start of next season, although there is no clear favourite as to who will become his successor.

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Barcelona legend Xavi has been earmarked for the role, but is unavailable until 2021 due to his role as manager of Qatar Stars League side Al Sadd, according to the Evening Standard.

Setien may be able to save himself by delivering the Champions League trophy after knocking out Napoli.

But the Catalan giants face a tough task against Bayern Munich in their quarter-final tie which begins tomorrow night.

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  • Barca will be able to welcome back central midfielders Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal, who were both banned for Saturday's encounter with Napoli.

    But Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele are set to miss the clash due to injury.

    They will enter a fixture as underdogs against a Bayern side who thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in the last round and are unbeaten in 27 matches, winning 26 of those.

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