Arsene Wenger regrets staying at Arsenal for 22 years

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may have made the mistake to stick with the Gunners for 22 years. The 68-year-old ended his long association with the Gunners at the end of last season and reports have since suggested that he may have been sacked, had he turned down the opportunity to step down by himself.

Speaking to a local French radio station, Wenger was asked about the biggest regret of his managerial career to which he replied: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years. I'm someone who likes new things, likes change. But I also like challenges. I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time.”

Meanwhile, when asked further about his future, Wenger indicated that he would require another two to three months before coming to a decision, he added: “I haven't decided yet. I'm asking myself the same question! Do I keep doing what I've been doing, what I know? Or do I share all the knowledge I've accumulated over the years about people and sport in a different way? That is the question I need to answer in the next 2 to 3 months.”
Shortly after the departure of Wenger, Arsenal decided to appoint Unai Emery as their new head coach and the Spaniard has since pacified the transfer proceedings at the club with as many as five players arriving during the summer transfer window. Every one of those recruits have been focused on bolstering the defensive strength of the squad and that has perhaps been the primary concern over the past few seasons under Wenger.

Arsenal are currently scheduled to travel to Singapore for their International Champions Cup games against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Thereafter, they would be returning to Europe for a couple of friendlies against Chelsea and Sevilla before their Premier League opener against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.