‘I would have respected my contract’ – Arsene Wenger opens up on Arsenal exit

first_img Comment Advertisement Wenger was forced out the door at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has opened up on his Arsenal exit, admitting he wanted to see out the remaining year of his contract, but the club thought otherwise.In a spell spanning over two decades, Wenger led the Gunners to three league titles and seven FA Cups, but in 2018, the Frenchman left the club he held so close to his heart.Wenger’s earlier years were his most successful, with his Invincibles side of 2003/04 remaining the only Premier League team to go a whole season without losing a single league game. ‘I would have respected my contract’ – Arsene Wenger opens up on Arsenal exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 7:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Wenger said goodbye to Arsenal after 22 years (Picture: Getty Images)Their Champions League final loss in 2006 at the hands of Barcelona was the beginning of Arsenal’s downturn in fortunes, as Wenger’s Invincible team slowly broke up and finances tightened by their move to the Emirates Stadium in the same year as their European heartbreak.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA section of Arsenal fans began to turn on the manager and he eventually jumped before he was pushed, announcing his departure from the club in April 2018.In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, Wenger admitted if it was down to him, he would have seen out his contract, but also conceded that his 22-year spell at the club may have gone on for too long.‘I would have respected my contract,’ he said. ‘The club thought it was better I stopped. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’d always lived with the idea that could happen. The supporters were not happy any more. Some of them. ‘You can understand that, at some stage, 22 years, people want a change.‘Maybe I stayed too long. I don’t know. But I was committed like on the first day. I think I guided the club through the most difficult period in a very successful way. ‘At some stage people say you’re too old, but they don’t really look at what you do. I served the club as much as I could.’MORE: Mikel Arteta explains how Mesut Ozil can force his way back into the Arsenal teamMORE: Europa League draw: Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Celtic and Rangers learn their fateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img

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