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'I always said I would be leaving Arsenal completely': Arsene Wenger explains why he will NEVER return to the Emirates Stadium after departing the club as manager in 2018
Arsene Wenger spent 22 years in charge at Arsenal but says he will never return
Wenger said he made the decision to walk away from the club entirely in 2018
He has admitted to still caring about the club's future and watching games on TV
The Frenchman is now working for FIFA as chief of global football development
Arsene Wenger claims that he will never return to the Emirates Stadium, even as a spectator, after departing the club as manager in 2018.
The 70-year-old Frenchman spent 22 years in charge of the Gunners, becoming the longest-serving manager in Premier League history, beating Sir Alex Ferguson by nine months.
During his tenure, he picked up three Premier League titles and seven FA cups but claims his decision to retire meant removing himself entirely from his former team.
Arsene Wenger spent 22 years in charge of Arsenal but says he will never return to the club
ARSENE WENGER'S ARSENAL HONOURS
Premier League (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
FA Cup (7): 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017
Community Shield (6): 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2015, 2016
Speaking on beIN Sports, Wenger said: 'Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That's the decision I made.'
Although Wenger was in charge of the Invincibles' domestic season in 2004, and even led the club to their only Champions League final to date, he still faced some opposition towards the end of his reign.
He added: 'I managed the club for 1,235 games, I've had good and bad times there, but we always tried to defend the club's values. And I think we managed to do it.'
Since stepping down as Arsenal manager, Wenger took on a role as FIFA's new chief of global football development.
His job involves driving the growth and development of football around the world and being a member of the Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in The IFAB's review, giving him a role to play in potential changes to the laws of the game.
Wenger managed 1,235 games and led the Invincibles domestic season back in 2004
During his time in charge he won Premier League three times in 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
Wenger is also the chairman of the FIFA Technical Study Group, which analyses international tournaments.
The Frenchman has also been tasked with educating coaches, offering former players a route into management and helping with the transition from playing to coaching.
While Wenger, who joined Arsenal from Nagoya Grampus Eight back in 1996, has transitioned into a new period of his life, he has admitted to watching all of The Gunner's matches on TV.
He insists he still cares about the club's future and wants Arsenal to be respected.
He told talkSPORT earlier this month: 'I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games.
'I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected.
'And I hope Mikel [Arteta] can get that back.'
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