PARIS- Arsene Wenger has said staying as Arsenal manager for nearly 22 years may have been the biggest mistake of his career and that he regrets sacrificing “everything” for the job.
Wenger, 68, was appointed October 1998 and left the club last season after serving 22 years as manager, he accomplishments was winning the league three times, one season unbeaten and seven FA cups.
In a interview with French outlet RTL, Wenger was very honest about his stay at Arsenal and what he will decide to do “in the next few months.”
When the interviewer asked what was his biggest mistake of his career, Wenger said: “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.”
Wenger admitted he was obsessed with making Arsenal’s successful on the pitch, adding that sacrifices in his personal life were one the hardest parts of being a manager.
“I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me,” he added.
“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.”
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