Arsene Wenger says he will never return to the Emirates Stadium, even as a spectator, after leaving the club as a manager in 2018.
The 70-year-old Frenchman spent 22 years at the helm of the Gunners, becoming the longest-serving manager in Premier League history, beating nine-month-old Sir Alex Ferguson.
During his tenure, he won three Premier League titles and seven FA cups, but says his decision to retire meant withdrawing entirely from his former team.
Arsène Wenger spent 22 years at the helm of Arsenal but says he will never return to the club
ARSENE WENGER HONORS
Premier League (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
FA Cup (7): 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017
Community shield (6): 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2015, 2016
Speaking on beIN Sports, Wenger said, “Will I come back to the Emirates Stadium? I always told myself that I would quit Arsenal completely. This is the decision I made.
Although Wenger was in charge of the Invincibles national season in 2004, and even led the club to their only Champions League final to date, he still encountered some opposition towards the end of his reign.
He added: “I have run the club for 1,235 games, I have had good and bad times there, but we have always tried to defend the club’s values. And I think we managed to do it.
Since stepping down as director of Arsenal, Wenger has taken on the role of new head of FIFA’s global football development.
His job is to stimulate the growth and development of football around the world and to be a member of the technical and football advisory groups involved in the IFAB review, giving him a role to play in potential changes to the laws of the game.
Wenger has successfully completed 1,235 games and led the Invincibles national season in 2004
During his tenure, he won the Premier League three times in 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
Wenger is also chairman of the FIFA Technical Study Group, which analyzes international tournaments.
The Frenchman was also responsible for educating coaches, providing former players with a path to management, and helping the transition from play to training.
As Wenger, who joined Arsenal since Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996, has entered a new phase in his life, he admitted to watching all of The Gunner’s games on television.
He insists that he still cares about the club’s future and wants Arsenal to be respected.
He told talkSPORT earlier this month, “I still worry a lot about the club and watch all the games.
“I think there is a culture in the way I play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected.
“And I hope Mikel [Arteta] can recover that.
|Competition||Games||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals for||Goals against||To win%|
|Champions League Qualifications||14||13||1||0||30||3||92.9%|
|UEFA Cup / Europa League||23||14||5||4||51||21||60.9%|