Arsene Wenger: I regret not leaving Arsenal earlier
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Arsene Wenger: I regret not leaving Arsenal earlier

Arsene Wenger has stated that he 'regrets' not leaving the North London club back in 2007.

During his 22 years in charge, the renowned Frenchman led the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, but he stepped down in 2018 under pressure from the club's fanbase.

Wenger turned down offers from Real Madrid and Manchester United in order to remain loyal to Arsenal, but the 72-year-old now admits that staying in North London was not the wisest decision following the Kroenkes' arrival.

Speaking in his Arsene Wenger: Invincible documentary, Wenger said: "2007 was a decisive point, It's the first time I could feel there were tensions inside the board.

"David Dein had an agreement with Stan Kroenke, who he wanted to bring in. I was torn between being loyal to the club and being loyal to David.

"I still today wonder if I did the right thing, because life was never exactly the same after. I thought, I now have to go to the end of this project. I could have gone to the French national team, the English national team twice or three times even.

"I could have gone twice to Real Madrid, I could have gone to Juventus, to Paris Saint-Germain, even to Man United. My fatal flaw is that I love too much where I am...where I was.

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"I regret. I should have gone somewhere else. I identified myself completely with the club and that was the mistake I made. Now there is no special reason for me to go there. All the rest is purely emotional and that is less important."

Wenger led Arsenal to three FA Cup victories after 2007, but his final season with the Gunners saw them finish fifth in the Premier League.

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