Wenger: I didn't see it... or actually maybe I did

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confessed that he often pretended not to have seen conspicuous foul play by his players to protect them, the Frenchman told The Times on Friday.

"Sometimes I see it but I say that I didn't see it to protect the players and because I could not find any rational explanation for what they did," Wenger said.

But Wenger, who has coached Arsenal for close to 13 years, said he was not tempted by a recent offer to coach Spanish side Real Madrid.

"I knew what they wanted to do, but I didn't want to leave Arsenal," the 59-year-old Wenger said.

"I want to go to the end of my job here. I built this team, I want to deliver with this team and I feel that if I left I would in some way have betrayed my beliefs."

ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan

Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter