Wenger left Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has admitted the pressure of being Arsenal manager was taking a toll on his health in the final year of his reign.
The Frenchman was in charge at Arsenal for 22 years before eventually being ushered out the door last summer.
Wenger, who won the Premier League three times as Arsenal boss, stepped aside and was replaced by Unai Emery.
There were some difficult times at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The 69-year-old is yet to return to work, but revealed the stress of managing Arsenal was beginning to negatively affect his health.
‘In life there are some splits that you choose and some that are imposed on you,’ Wenger said speaking at an event in France.
‘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.
Wenger is yet to return to football (Picture: Getty)‘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.’
Emery has struggled to make major improvements at Arsenal since taking over from Wenger, but has the firm backing of the board and club hierarchy.
And Arsenal are now in pole position to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester United were beaten by Wolves on Tuesday night.
Winning a spot in the Champions League would serve as a major boost to Emery and substantially increase his transfer kitty for the summer.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger removes his Arsenal tie at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)More: Football