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Arsenal Was My Life – Arsene Wenger

Departing Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the final weeks of his career at the North London club are proving to be an emotional experience as the club “was my life”.

The Gunners boss announced last week that he would be leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season following 22 years in the role.

Wenger has overseen 1,197 games for Arsenal so far but, with no more than six fixtures left this term, the veteran manager is struggling to come to terms with the experience.

“I am confused a little bit at the moment and I have decided to take a little distance for four or five weeks before I make a decision.

“I need to move away a little bit to take perspective on my situation and analyse it in the most objective way possible, even if it is not easy. I will then decide where I go from there.”

Leaving the club where he has spent the last two decades is proving to be difficult for the former Nancy and Monaco coach, who led Arsenal to three Premier League titles.

“It is strange for me because for 22 years I have had 1,200 games or something like that for Arsenal Football Club,” he said.

“It’s not 50, it’s 1,200 and every time you prepare the team you are tense. It’s a complete part of your life, it’s more than part of your life, it is your life.

 “Arsenal was my life and so of course it is special.”

Wenger takes his side to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, then on Thursday they face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League, having drawn the first match 1-1 in London.

Much rests on the midweek encounter, as it is likely to be the Gunners’ last hope of qualifying for the Champions League next term where, should they get past Atletico, they would face either Red Bull Salzburg or Marseille in the final.

Wenger has confirmed that he will take a month out following his departure from the club to mull over his next move.

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