It’s the start of a new era at Arsenal, with some young fans never having experienced the start of a Premier League season with anyone other than Arsene Wenger in charge.
The Frenchman brought the curtain down on his illustrious career at the Emirates at the end of last season, having claimed three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups in a career that lasted 22 years.
While it was an excellent period of success at Arsenal, much of that success came in Wenger’s early years, with the Gunners failing to put up a genuine title challenge in the last decade as they fell further and further behind the rest of the top six, missing out on Champions League football for the last two seasons.
Despite the slide away from the top of the table, Arsene Wenger clung onto power, despite the Arsenal faithful demanding he be replaced for the last few seasons.
He eventually announced his decision to leave this summer, and has since been replaced by Unai Emery, who has set to work on strengthening the departments in the squad that had been badly neglected by his long-standing predecessor.
However, despite having desperately held on to his job against the will of the fans for so long, Wenger has now incredibly admitted that he should have left years ago.
Asked what the “biggest mistake” of his career was, he offered a frank response:
“Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years,” he told an interview with RTL.
“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 times.”
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