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Arsenal Wenger was the head coach at Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, but he considered leaving before he did.

The Frenchman has admitted that he felt a big change at the club around the time that Stan Kroenke arrived in 2007, which also coincided with the stadium move from Highbury to the Emirates.

“Highbury was my soul, the Emirates my suffering,” Wenger said in a documentary, reflecting on that time.

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“I could see that it would be more difficult because we started out with a project of 200 million pounds, which we could basically afford, and finished at 428m pounds.

“The decisive point was 2007. It was the first time I could feel tensions in the boardroom because David Dein had an agreement to bring in Stan Kroenke and I was torn between being loyal to the club and being loyal to David.

“That’s when I thought I had to go to the end of the project, but I still wonder if I did the right thing because life was never the same.

“Once we moved to the new stadium, we moved from first or second place to third or fourth and we lost our best players.

“Before we lost the players at 30 years plus and afterwards we lost them at 25.

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“To work with restricted resources and still keep the club at a level where we could pay our debts, from 2006 to 2015 I personally think I did my best job.

“I should have gone somewhere else. My fatal flaw was that I loved too much where I was.

“I identified myself completely with Arsenal and that was the mistake I regret. But now there is no special reason for me to go there.

“I could have gone to the French national team or the English national team three times. I could have gone twice to Real Madrid, to Juventus, to PSG and even to Manchester United.”

Wenger’s Arsenal departure in 2018

When he did finally leave, Wenger had a very emotional departure.

“It’s the end of your life, like a funeral,” he said

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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