The former Arsenal manager gave an incredibly honest interview recently in which he spoke about his regrets during his tenure in charge of the Gunners.
When the 22-year reign of the legendary Arsenal coach Wenger came to an end this year, the reaction from the fans was one that was a bit too heavy on relief, all things considered.
Despite leading the club through some of the most successful times in their history, in recent years his favour with the Gunners following had deteriorated. Eventually, his approach to running the side became stale and with every other club surrounding them in the upper echelons of the Premier League constantly reinventing themselves, Wenger’s final years at the Emirates saw him come under quite a bit of criticism.
The everpresent trend #WengerOut became synonymous with the frustrations of those who spent their hard-earned money to see their team in action every weekend so when things finally did reach their peak and the Frenchman stepped down, there was an understandable sense of excitement for the future.
Speaking to French outlet RTL, Wenger was asked about his one major regret from his time at the helm of the London club over the years:
“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.”
The personal sacrifices he made off the pitch, however, appear to be the ones that haunt him the most.
“I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me.
“I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones. 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.”
It may have ended on less-than-desirable terms, but despite perhaps overstaying his welcome by a good decade or so, history will no doubt be kinder to Wenger when the memories of his later years fade into the rearviewmirror.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena