AW: Why I turned down Madrid millions

Real Madrid usually get their man when they come calling but not if the man in question is Arsene Wenger. This morning’s Sun tells us that AW has revealed he turned down big bucks from Madrid because he wants to win the Champions League with the glorious Gunners.
And he admitted: “If we don’t win a trophy in the next two years, it’ll be my fault.”
The paper says AW was offered £10million-a-year last summer to manage Madrid but he felt duty bound to stay with the Gunners where he earns half that amount.
He revealed: “I’d have had a much higher salary at Real. But I’ve earned a very good living in London. I dream of leaving an imprint at Arsenal and winning the Champions League.”
In the Daily Star, AW has his say on the idioy Brum fans who sang “one Martin Taylor, there’s only one Martin Taylor” while Theo Walcott lay on the deck in the eighth minute following a ferocious challenge by Liam Ridgewell.
For all those fans knew, England international Walcott might also have picked up a sickening injury. Luckily it proved not to be the case, although the winger did have to go off 25 minutes later with a knee problem, says the paper.
But the pathetic chanting left Wenger visibly seething and the watching Eduardo – missing due to a minor thigh injury – must have been left wondering how low some people will go when it comes to supposedly backing their team, it adds.
Asked what he thought about the Taylor chant, Wenger said: “That’s frankly atrocious. They will not be remembered for the quality of their taste with those kind of remarks.”
He goes on in the Daily Mail:  ‘Eduardo was here. I don’t know how he felt about the chants. I just put that in the ranks of stupidity. You want to forget about it and not talk too much about it because there’s not a lot to say. People like that, one starts to say something stupid, everybody follows, even intelligent people. People lose their identity together, and their sense of responsibility.’
The paper adds that Birmingham boss Alex McLeish claimed not to have heard the chant, but added: ‘We don’t condone that kind of thing.’
McLeish did, however, defend Ridgewell’s right to make the challenge which, after a brief return to action, ultimately forced Walcott out of his first start this season with suspected knee ligament damage.
‘It was a hard, committed tackle,’ said McLeish. ‘It was like watching Stuart Pearce again, committed to getting the ball before the forward. The problem sometimes is in the follow through.
The Guardian reports that McLeish found himself in an awkward position. Criticising your own fans is not the brightest thing to do when you have lost your last four games, yet there was a moral issue to address. “We don’t condone that kind of thing,” said McLeish, who claimed he had not heard the chanting. “Our fans gave us great support but I wasn’t aware of what they were singing.”
You are now, pal.

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