Arsene Wenger explains why he will not return to Emirates to watch Arsenal

Arsene Wenger admits he will not return to the Emirates to watch Arsenal matches because his departure as manager in 2018 was “the end of a love story”.

Wenger, 70, spent 22 years in charge of the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

He remains the only manager in Premier League history to have avoided defeat throughout an entire season, with his 2003/04 Invincibles side not losing a single game in their title-winning campaign.

However, in his last 14 years at the club Wenger failed to win another title, before stepping down from his position as manager at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Unlike great rival Sir Alex Ferguson, who spent 26 years at Manchester United before retiring from management in 2013, the Frenchman has not been spotted at Arsenal games since his departure.

And Wenger has revealed both he and Gunners chiefs wanted to cut his ties with the club.

“It was the end of a love story,” he told The Guardian.

“And when you cannot speak any more to the loved person, you can’t go to the training ground, you can’t go to the stadium. You just have to stay where you are.

“And I never did that [before] in my life. You do 22 years and then suddenly you stop. It was very difficult.

“I wanted to cut my link with the club completely, because the club wanted that as well. So then I decided not to go back [to watch matches]. But I still support Arsenal with the same passion.

“You work hard, you do as well as you can. And after you don’t cry, you don’t complain and you get on with it. Suffer in silence, and that’s what I did!”

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While he has not officially retired from management just yet, Wenger has taken on a new role as FIFA’s Chief Head of Global Football since leaving Arsenal.

As part of his role, he is pushing for a number of changes to alter the outlook of football across the world – including relaxing the law surrounding offsides.

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