Staying at Arsenal for 22 years might be Arsene Wenger‘s biggest mistake.
The 68-year-old Frenchman admits to have ‘neglected a lot of people’ in the trophy-lust period which took him from Highbury to the Emirates, as manager of the Gunners.
“I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones,” he revealed in a chat.
Wenger stepped down from his position at Arsenal in 2018, after embattled seasons which saw him lose the support of fans and some top member of the club’s hierarchy.
Despite sticking to a place he was inadvertently rebelled against, the Frenchman posits that the longer he stayed did not do him better as it he would have been if he moved somewhere else.
“I’m someone who likes new things, likes change,” he explained.
“But I also like challenges. I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time.”
Asked about the biggest error of his career, Wenger replied: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.”
“I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me,” he added.
“Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves.
“He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.”
The three-time Premier League winning manager is expected to make a decision about his future in his next few months.