Arsene Wenger: I stayed at Arsenal for too long


ARSENE WENGER has admitted he REGRETS staying at Arsenal for 22 years.

The ousted Gunners boss will have puzzled fans as he claimed he is "someone who likes to move around a lot."

Wenger, 68, left the Emirates at the end of last season after being asked to step aside by Ivan Gazidis, while Unai Emery has begun his first pre-season with the North London club.

But despite winning three Premier League titles and a stunning SEVEN FA Cups at Arsenal, he has admitted he should have stepped down earlier, with huge pressure from fans during his last few seasons at the club.

Asked about his biggest mistake, Wenger told RTL: "Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.

"I’m someone who likes to move around a lot, but I also like a challenge. I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at times."

Wenger shed light on what he wanted to achieve when he was at Arsenal – that free-flowing, smooth, passing football that became his calling card from the off, with players like Patrick Vieira, Denis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Cesc Fabregas and, of course, Thierry Henry thriving under his guidance.

But the Gunners’ soft underbelly became more apparent the longer his 22-year tenure went on.

Teams all over the Premier League found out that if you got stuck into Arsenal, you could get at them – but Wenger was looking for a different way of playing altogether.

Asked about his footballing fantasy, Wenger added: "I don’t really have one, maybe the team playing with the harmonious excellence all teams sometimes reach but for a full game.

"Everyone playing on the exact same wavelength for a whole match, it’s so rare.

"These moments make a job worth suffering."

Wenger also admitted he has to keep up his running because he loves a trip to a French patisserie – and that if he were president of France, he would introduce compulsory football to every school.

Not that the new world champions seem to be doing badly on that front.



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