Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger says his health suffered in final years as manager

Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger says his health suffered in final years as manager

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his health suffered in his final years with the club.

The Gunners ended the 2017/18 season trophyless as the 69-year-old left after 22 years in charge last summer.

Arsene Wenger endured a tough final few years at Arsenal

Wenger’s job came under scrutiny from Arsenal fans and he admits the pressure affected him ‘health-wise’.

The Frenchman said: “In life there are some splits that you choose and some that are imposed on you.

“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.

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“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.”

Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time with Arsenal.

Cesc Fabregas, who Wenger signed from Barcelona in 2003, was upset by fan abuse his former manager received in the latter years of his Arsenal tenure.

Arsene Wenger gave Cesc Fabregas his first chance in English football

He told BeIN Sports: “Some moments I was sad. He doesn’t deserve it for what he’s done.

“In football, it’s all about today. What you’ve done yesterday, unfortunately, doesn’t count.”

Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal almost a year ago, and is unsure over a managerial return date.