Rio Ferdinand has revealed he wanted to join Arsenal after leaving Manchester United in 2014 – only for Arsene Wenger to turn him down.
Ferdinand spent 12 years at Old Trafford before waving goodbye to United at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, departing with six Premier League titles, two League Cups and one Champions League under his belt.
The former England captain's playing career only lasted another season, spending an unsuccessful year with Championship club Queens Park Rangers before retiring in 2015.
However, things may have turned out differently had he secured his preferred move to Arsenal upon leaving the Red Devils.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand lifted the lid on his meeting with ex-Gunners boss Wenger amid his desire to join United's fierce rivals.
"The maddest thing is I thought about [joining] Arsenal, as well," he admitted.
"At the end of my career when I was leaving Man United, I saw Arsene Wenger in a hotel.
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"I said, 'Arsene, listen, I am leaving Man United and if you want, I will come and try and help the dressing room etc. because I think you need help in that department.'
"I will obviously play but, more importantly, I will come for the culture.
"He didn't take me up on the offer and he was right because my performances at QPR weren't up to the levels.
"But in the changing room, I believe I could have helped him, because that is where a lot of the culture derives from."
Ferdinand also gave his thoughts on Arsenal's recent £50million capture of England centre-back Ben White, insisting the new recruit needs a better defensive partner if he is to be a success at the club.
"The issue I have with Arsenal is you can’t buy players for a year down the line. Ben White is good now but what you need is someone to come in and grab the players in the training ground," he said.
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"I feel that at this stage of his career, Ben White needs a partner to bring him a lot, like a Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane or Thiago Silva. Arsenal have needed a centre-back to come in and defend.
"Ben White will end up being a decent signing but the biggest issue he’s got is if I was being courted with Arsenal now I’d think, ‘who am I playing with?’
"If I’m him I’m thinking, ‘I need some help, I’m getting exposed.'"
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