‘Emirates move was my biggest challenge by far’

Arsène Wenger

Ahead of his final game at Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger was in reflective mood as he mused on his time in north London.

The Arsenal manager admitted that leaving Highbury for our new home in 2006 proved to be a major test for him as manager.

“Yes, by far the [move to the] Emirates  ismy biggest challenge because I had to accept to deal with limited resources, to have exceptional targets - that means to be in the Champions league every year - and of top of that to turn down magnificent offers from all over the world to face the challenge,” Wenger said. 

“That is not always easy when you know you don’t always have the resources that you wish to have.

“I don’ know [if I am proud of my part in that move] - honestly pride is not my strength and I always am quite self-critical. 

“Overall, one thing I am sure of is that I handled this club with care and gave always my total commitment to the club. 

“I love to win. In life we have people who love to win and hate to lose, and we are all both of that. I remember only the defeats and that stops you from feeling proud. And because we lost last night, I still suffer today!”

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