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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone into detail over the time he almost signed for Arsenal as a 16-year-old , the Daily Mail reports.
The Paris Saint Germain striker, whose career has taken him to the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan, has penned an autobiography entitled I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in which he has given his opinions on several managers across Europe, including both Wenger and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
Describing his brief trial with the north London giants, Ibrahimovic said that he felt as though Wenger could ‘see right through’ him.
“I felt like a little boy when I stepped into Wenger’s office. I shivered a bit under his gaze. It was like he was trying to see right through me, or size me up.
“He’s a man who draws up psychological profiles of his players – are they emotionally stable? That sort of stuff. He is thorough, like all great coaches, and I didn’t say much at first.
“I just sat in silence and was bashful, but after a while I lost my patience. Something about Wenger set me off. he would leap up every so often to check who was outside his window. It seemed as if he wanted to keep an eye on everything, and he kept going on about one thing all the time.”
Ibrahimovic’s book is being serialised in The Times and he also went into detail over his rocky relationship with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, admitting that the pair came face to face in the dressing room during the half time break during a game with Villarreal.
“In the changing room after the match against Villarreal, I screamed at Guardiola,” he admitted.
“I screamed about his balls and how he’d been s****ing himself in front of Mourinho, and you can just imagine. It was war, and it was me against him.
“Guardiola, the frightened little over-thinker who couldn’t even look me in the eye or say good morning, and me, who’d been quiet and cautious for such a long time but who finally blew up and became myself again.”