Balague reveals why Monchi refused Arsenal

Guillem Balague has revealed why Monchi chose Sevilla over Arsenal.

Monchi, basically, when he got the call from Sevilla – and it was a desperate call – thought ‘alright, it’s time to go home’.

“It’s a key moment for the history of Sevilla the club is about to be sold to an American consortium – that’s stopped now while Monchi settles.

“Sometimes it’s time to go home and that’s what Monchi felt. What was annoying from Arsenal’s point of view was that they thought they had convinced him.

“Things were very advanced and it’s the man they had identified. Now they’re going to have to find somebody else because decisions have to be made now about the squad, who can come in, what players are available.

“A lot of things that Monchi would have helped with. But right now you have to say that Arsenal are a little bit behind on it.”

Monchi had earlier said, “I thank Arsenal for their interest,” said Monchi, who worked with Gunners boss Unai Emery at Sevilla. It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most.”

“I had other options, and very important ones that were flashier, but I’ve chosen Sevilla because its sporting project convinced me. I want to thank everyone that contributed to my return to what I consider to be my home.”

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