Nigel Winterburn: 'Arsene Wenger obsession led to regrets'


Arsenal is now preparing for the upcoming season under new coach, Unai Emery. "I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time".

Before stepping down, and admittedly not completely by choice, the very well accomplished former Arsenal manager was a subject of backlash from much of the Gunners fan base.

The forward, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United for £16m in 2014, is now on vacation because he's one of the Three Loins' squad that went for the just concluded World Cup in Russian Federation.

Nigel Winterburn believes Arsene Wenger's "obsession" with returning Arsenal back to the peak of English football was the reason the Frenchman now regrets staying at the club for so long. He knows he's at a big club, and has a lot of pressure, but I think he has a big character and spirit. Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves.

"He had a burning desire in his first period, from 1996 to 2006 - I can't see any player or supporter not being in awe of what Arsene Wenger was doing", he said. But it's a bone to chase at the same time.

But he turned them down because he had "always been more interested in the day-to-day aspect of management".

Asked about his footballing fantasy, Wenger added: "I don't really have one, maybe the team playing with the harmonious excellence all teams sometimes reach but for a full game."

"You wake up at 3 a.m. thinking, 'Should I play this one or that one?"

Emery took charge of his first match in Saturday's 8-0 win over fifth-tier side Boreham Wood but will face sterner tests against Spain's Atletico Madrid and former club Paris St German in a pre-season tournament in Singapore next week. "He has a lot of experience and I hope for him and Arsenal that he is successful with the club".

In an interview with French outlet RTL, Wenger said he will make a decision on his future "in the next few months". I'm asking myself the same question!