Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups after taking charge of Arsenal in 1996, becoming the north London side’s longest serving and most successful manager.

“I miss competition and I miss Arsenal because I left my heart in there,” he explained.

“I gave my life to this club for 22 years. Every minute of my life was dedicated to this club and I miss the values we developed inside the club.

“I support Arsenal. It will be forever my club.”

Wenger has yet to attend a Gunners match since his departure, and he will again be watching on television when they face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May.

But he expressed displeasure at the choice of venue, given the travel problems encountered by both sets of supporters and the decision of Arsenal’s Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan not to participatebecause of political tensions between his country and the host nation.

“It’s a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans],” said Wenger.

“The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions – they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it’s the fans.

“That [Mkhitaryan’s situation] is something that should not happen in football.

“I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 – inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies – that you cannot play for political reasons.”

Culled from BBC Sports

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