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'I have to hang up as I'm in front of the Pope': Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recalls how he snatched Danny Welbeck from under Tottenham's noses in 2014 despite the fact he was queuing for holy audience at the Vatican Welbeck looked certain to join Tottenham on deadline day back in 2014 But Wenger was determined to bring striker from Man United to Arsenal Gunners boss was over in for the Match for Peace charity event This included an audience with Pope Francis but it didn't stop negotiations Wenger has recalled how he sealed the deal for Welbeck while in Vatican queue 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 10:59 BST, 17 October 2020 | Updated: 12:00 BST, 17 October 2020

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Arsene Wenger has recalled how he snatched Danny Welbeck from under the noses of Tottenham - all while queuing for an audience with the Pope.

The former Arsenal manager brought striker Welbeck from to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day at the end of the 2014 summer transfer window.

As negotiations reached a delicate stage, with Welbeck looking almost certain to join Arsenal's north London rivals, Wenger was in to meet Pope Francis ahead of the Match for Peace, an inter-religious charity game.

Arsene Wenger has revealed how he signed Danny Welbeck while queuing to see the Pope

Arsene Wenger has revealed how he signed Danny Welbeck while queuing to see the Pope

Wenger was at the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis on deadline day in 2014

Wenger was at the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis on deadline day in 2014

Despite being in line to see the Pope, Wenger was able to influence the transfer talks and ensure Welbeck signed for Arsenal in a £16million deal.

Speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast as he promotes his new autobiography, Wenger recalled: 'Danny Welbeck when I went to the Match for Peace.

'At the airport I was told he was signing for Tottenham and I managed to intercept him. It was a funny story because I was negotiating all day.

'We had Ivan [Gazidis] and Dick Law to negotiate and they called me up and I had the agent on the phone.

'And I told him, "Look, I have to hang up because I'm in front of the Pope."

The former Arsenal boss has recalled the story as he promotes his new autobiography

The former Arsenal boss

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