Arsene Wenger says that his departure from Arsenal was, in some ways, a relief, as his health was beginning to suffer under the relentless pressure of the job.
It’s almost a year since he announced his intention to the leave the club at the end of last season, but even three FA Cup wins in four years couldn’t alleviate the stress he felt due to the demands of the job.
The former boss was speaking at an event in France, and compared leaving Arsenal to a break-up, but acknowledged the benefits for both him and supporters.
“In life there are some splits that you choose and some that are imposed on you,” he said.
“In this case it was a bit of a mix of the two. Because, at a certain point, the fans need a change. In my last year it was becoming difficult.
“So it was both a break-up but also a relief for me, because carrying that responsibility for so long, with all the obligations that come with it, it wears you out.
“It’s extraordinarily difficult. And last year I felt I was beginning to pay the price health-wise.”
If you’ve seen any recent pictures of Arsene, he looks like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders, and it’s probably telling that a man who seemed absolutely wedded to the mountain of work day in, day out that goes with being a manager, has yet to take on a new role despite plenty of offers.
He also had some very interesting things to say about Thierry Henry, his role as the star player in the team, and what it means when he moved to Barcelona.
Check those out in the Twitter thread below.
Arsene Wenger gave a 2 hour presentation and Q and A session last night at the Olympia. @lequipe have reported some interesting quotes that he gave on leaving Arsenal and on Thierry Henry:
— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) April 2, 2019