The Frenchman ended his longest journey with the Gunners last summer.
The Gunners ended the 2017/18 season trophyless as their 69-year-old Frenchman left after 22 years in charge last summer. Arsene Wenger’s job came under scrutiny from Arsenal fans and he admits the pressure affected him ‘health-wise’. He endured quite tough time during his last few years at the club.
The Frenchman said:
In life there are some splits that you choose and some that are imposed on you. In this case it was a bit of a mix of the two, because at a certain point, the fans need a change. In my last year it was becoming difficult.
So it was both a break-up but also a relief for me, because carrying that responsibility for so long, with all the obligations that come with it, it wears you out. It’s extraordinarily difficult. And last year I felt I was beginning to pay the price health-wise.”
Wenger was named manager of Arsenal in 1996 and two years later led the club to a Premier League and FA Cup double. Wenger guided Arsenal to further FA Cup success in 2014, 2015 and 2017, before stepping down as manager a year later. The nickname “Le Professeur” which means a teacher is used by fans and the British media to reflect Wenger’s studious demeanour.
Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time with Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas, who Wenger signed from Barcelona in 2003, was given a first chance in English football, was upset by fan abuse his former manager received in the latter years of his Arsenal incumbency.
He told Cesc Fabregas,
“Some moments I was sad. He doesn’t deserve it for what he’s done. In football, it’s all about today. What you’ve done yesterday, unfortunately, doesn’t count.”
Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal almost a year ago, and is unsure over a managerial return date.
In February, Former Arsenal manager said:
“My future is unknown even for me. I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world. I am enjoying a little bit less pressure, and more freedom as well. But I miss the competition.”
Arsene Wenger was the longest-serving and most successful in the club’s history. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players’ training and diet regimens revitalized Arsenal and aided the globalization of the sport in the 21st century. Wenger’s Arsenal teams have been criticized for their indiscipline. But have won various awards for sporting fair play.