Wenger, concedes 22 years at Arsenal was a mistake- I have been a prison of my own challenge.
During his time at Arsenal, the Frenchman enjoyed plenty of highs. But admits that he probably should have looked to take on another challenge.
Arsene Wenger concedes that spending 22 years in charge of arsenal was mistake, with him feeling as though he became a prisoner of my own challenges”.
Having worked so hard to rebuild the Gunners in his image, the long-serving coach found it difficult to sever ties with the club.
There were plenty of opportunities for him to walk away, with Real Madrid, PSG and England having made several attempts to secure the services of a proven performer.
Wenger also faced fan protest towards the end of his reign, but he eventually departed on his own terms at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Wenger told RTL when asked to pick out the biggest mistake of his career: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.
“I’m someone who likes to moves around a lot, but I also like a challenge. I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at times.”
Wenger guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles, with his iconic ‘Invincible’ side of 2003-04 negotiating an entire English top-flight campaign unbeaten.
He also reached the 2006 Champions League final, but saw European dreams crumble as a succession of last-16 exits were followed by two finishes outside of the top four in England.
FA Cup success helped to paper over the cracks at times, with Wenger leaving north London with seven winners’ medals from that competition.