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Wenger reveals he left on transfer deadline day to meet the Pope

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he opted to spend transfer deadline day in Rome as he had a long-standing appointment to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Wenger was criticized for taking part in a charity football match in the Italian capital on a day when so much transfer activity takes place for top Premier League clubs, but he still managed to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United despite his day trip to Italy.

“Meeting the Pope was an experience I did not want to miss,” Wenger told reporters, of a match that was supported by Pope Francis. “I am a Catholic, so it was an experience, and one I accepted a long time ago.

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