The Frenchman left his post at the Emirates Stadium after 22 years in charge earlier this month, bringing the curtain down on one of football’s greatest managerial reigns.
Despite a respectful send-off, Wenger has revealed a lack of patience led to his downfall and, despite crashing out in the semi-finals, believes European success would not have mattered.
Arsene Wenger has revealed impatience throughout Arsenal cost him his job at the Emirates
Wenger told Bein Sports: ‘We sat together and thought that would be better, to have somebody that comes in that has credit and patience.
‘There’s a great spirit in the team, it was a pleasure to work with them, there’s great potential in the team, somebody coming in and having time will fight for the championship.
‘You felt always there was an impatience there, no forgiveness anymore. When you’re such a long time there there’s impatience. We were used to always huge success but nothing was good enough anymore.
The Frenchman left his post at the Emirates Stadium after 22 years earlier this month
‘Even this season we played in the League Cup final, the semi-final of the Europa League and didn’t deserve to go out. Even if we had won the Europa League I could feel there was an impatience that was definite.’
The 46-year-old Spaniard has held talks with the club’s hierarchy who were hugely impressed with his plans for the club.
And while Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta is believed to have hesitated about taking the job because of decision-making about transfers, Emery had no such misgivings.
Unai Emery is on the brink of being named as Wenger’s successor at the Emirates Stadium