Arsene Wenger makes major admission over Arsenal exit amid Man United and England interest

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he should have left north London sooner amid interest from elsewhere.

The Frenchman was in charge at the club between 1996 and 2018, drawing his reign to a close after leading the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, whilst also overseeing the move to the Emirates Stadium.

Despite his overwhelming success at Arsenal since arriving from Japanese outfit Nagoya Grampus Eight – which included an unprecedented unbeaten Premier League campaign – the final few years of Wenger’s stint in charge were soured by indifferent performances, with the club eventually dropping out of the top four.

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Supporters suggested for some time that Wenger should depart, with their wish being granted in 2018 as he handed control over to former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, who himself enjoyed little success and has since been replaced by current Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta.

Whilst Arsenal are yet to reach the same heights as they did under the Frenchman, he himself has admitted that he should have left the club sooner than he did, whilst also insisting that he did have opportunities to continue his managerial career elsewhere.



Former Arsenal bosses Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger
Former Arsenal bosses Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

Talking to The Telegraph ahead of the launch of the ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’ documentary, he said: “I identified myself completely with the club – that was the mistake I made.

“My fatal flaw is I love too much where I am … where I was. I regret it. I should have gone somewhere else.”

Talking of the potential interest he had in his services, the now 72-year-old continued: “I could have gone to the French national team. The English national team twice or three times even. I could have gone twice to Real Madrid. I could have gone to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, even Man United.”

Since leaving Arsenal over three years ago, Wenger is yet to return to the game in a coaching capacity.

He is currently serving as FIFA’s Chief of Global Development and has been one of the main voices behind the potential plan of a controversial biennial World Cup.

Source by Football London

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