Arsene Wenger has now stated that he regrets not resigning from Arsenal sooner.
The famous Arsenal manager departed the club in 2018 after an astonishing 22-year reign, but his last few seasons were marked by fan outrage and acrimony over his continuing reign, and now the Frenchman has conceded he remained too long.
He became the club’s most successful head coach during his tenure, winning three Premier League championships and seven FA Cups, including the legendary 2003-04 Invincibles campaign.
The 72-year-old, though, says in a new documentary titled Arsene Wenger: Invincible that staying at Arsenal for so long was a mistake.
Wenger cited the resignation of David Dein from the Arsenal board of directors in 2007 as a turning point in his time in north London.
Wenger’s three Premier League trophies in his first decade at the club all occurred in his first ten years.
Wenger agrees that while Dein took the decision to leave at the time, he should have considered his own position as well.
Wenger has not been to the Emirates since his departure three years ago, something he acknowledges he regrets.