Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he might have stayed on too long before leaving the club.

Wenger departed after 22 years in charge back in 2018 after coming under increasing pressure in the final stages of his iconic reign.

Arsenal gradually slipped out of Premier League title contention and came under-fire for their familiar mistakes under Wenger.

And the legendary Frenchman has now admitted he perhaps stayed in charge for too long at the Emirates.

Asked about his Emirates exit, he told The Times : “I would have respected my contract.

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“The club thought it was better I stopped. I’d always lived with the idea that could happen.

“The supporters were not happy any more. Some of them.

“You can understand that, at some stage, 22 years, people want a change.”

Asked if he now thinks he stayed too long, he replied: “Listening to that question makes me think, ‘Yes.’

Wenger has not been back at Arsenal since his departure

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“Maybe I stayed too long. I don’t know. But I was committed like on the first day.

“I think I guided the club through the most difficult period in a very successful way.

“At some stage people say you’re too old, but they don’t really look at what you do. I served the club as much as I could.”

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Wenger has not been back to the Emirates since his departure and also explained the reasoning behind his absence.

“I will go one day,” he said.

Asked if he has been invited, he responded: "Yes. But I thought it was better to cut completely. It was difficult at the start, of course, after leading my club as long as I did. But I thought it’s better to follow from a distance."