Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have become ‘inhuman’

Arsene Wenger says he felt Arsenal 'slip away' from him
Arsene Wenger says he felt Arsenal ‘slip away’ from him (Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have grown to an ‘inhuman’ size and admits he felt the club ‘slip away’ from him.

The Gunners are currently in a state of flux having sacked Unai Emery and the club’s hierarchy are now going through a lengthy process to appoint the Spaniard’s successor.

Arsenal also made several changes behind the scenes following Wenger’s exit, including the decision to sack Colin Lewin, the former head of medical services who had been with the club for 23 years, which reportedly left several players shocked and upset.

And Wenger, who spent 22 years at Arsenal, has suggested that the club no longer felt close-knit by the time he departed.

Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years at the club
Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years at the club (Getty Images)

‘These days, the size of the clubs sometimes stop them from keeping the culture of performance,’ Wenger told So Foot.

‘When I arrived at Arsenal, we were 80. When I left, there were 750, and when there’s 750 people in one organisation, each thinks about saving themselves rather than improving.

‘I think there’s a degree of reflexion for me: how do you keep that desire to perform? Up to about 150, I think you can stay human. You know the name of the wife, of the kid of such and such.

‘My regret at Arsenal is to have gone from human size to inhuman, with a heavier administrative weight. Everything accelerated.

‘Ten years ago, you’d see a guy who was good, you’d get him in, give him a tracksuit and he’d be a part of the team.

‘That’s long gone. Now, if you want a new physio, you go through 300 applications. That’s how, at Arsenal, bit by bit, I felt the club slip away from me.’

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