Arsene Wenger says the “inhuman” size of Arsenal when he left was one of his biggest regrets at the club.
The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving the Gunners in May 2018 after spending 22 years with the Premier League club.
Legendary manager Wenger won numerous trophies in his time at Arsenal but he admits the change in size of the organisation left him feeling like the club was slipping away from him in his latter years.
“These days, the size of the clubs sometimes stop them from keeping the culture of performance,” Wenger told So Foot (via Sport Witness).
“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…”