Three-time Premier League-winning manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wishes he left Arsenal many years before his eventual departure in 2018.
Wenger is one of the biggest heroes in the history of the Gunners having spent 22 years at the helm of the club and rendering himself a legend in north London.
He led them to 17 pieces of silverware and was also manager during their invincible season, one of the greatest achievements in the history of the Premier League.
However, towards the end of his tenure at the Emirates Stadium, things started to turn sour.
Results worsened and the fan base became divided, with some calling for his sacking whilst others wanting to keep the faith in the Frenchman.
At the end of the 2017/18, Wenger left the club on his own accord.
Speaking in his new documentary, via The Telegraph, ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’, the 72-year-old has revealed that he should have left the club sooner than he did.
“I identified myself completely with the club – that was the mistake I made,” he admitted.
“My fatal flaw is I love too much where I am… where I was. I regret it. I should have gone somewhere else.”
The last time that Wenger lifted the Premier League trophy was at the end of the 2003/04 campaign after leading his team to an invincible season – not suffering a defeat.
However, the Frenchman has said he feels that the achievement was actually a turning point for the worse in his campaign.
He said: “Sometimes I wonder – was something broken after that Invincible season?
“2007 was a decisive point. It was the first time I could feel there were tensions inside the board. I was torn between being loyal to the club and being loyal to David [Dein].
I still today wonder if I did the right thing because life was never exactly the same after. I thought, ‘I have now to go to the end of this project’.“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 Manchester United.”Unai Emery took over as Arsenal manager after Wenger departed and spent a year-and-a-half at the Emirates before Mikel Arteta was appointed in the December of 2019.