By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 10:59 BST, 17 October 2020 | Updated: 12:00 BST, 17 October 2020
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 Manchester United 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 Rome 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
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