Cape Town - Arsene Wenger has revealed that
he made a mistake by remaining at Arsenal for so long before stepping down
after 22-year at the end of last season.
In an interesting and wide-ranging
interview with RTL, the former Gunners' boss opened up about his time in north
London and the 'enormous sacrifices' he made to ensure Arsenal remained
The 68-year-old former Nancy, Monaco and
Nagoya Grampus Eight head coach joined the Gunners in 1996 and went on to win
three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
His greatest achievement, however, may have
been the impact he has on transforming the nature of English football into a
more professional and disciplined sport amongst its players.
When asked about his biggest regret, the
Frenchman said: "Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.
"I’m someone who likes to move around
a lot, but I also like a challenge. I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at
Wenger added: "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."
When quizzed about his next move, Wenger
explained that he remains uncertain. He said: "I'm asking myself the same
question! Do I keep doing what I've been doing, what I know.
"Or do I share all the knowledge I've
accumulated over the years in a slightly different way? That's the question I
need to answer in the next few months."