Download Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour Has Identified Arsene Wenger’s Big Mistake With His Exit From North London
Wenger ended his 22-year tenure with the north London club at the end of the 2017/18 season, bowing out with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups to his name.
However, the legendary boss’ final campaign at the Emirates Stadium saw Arsenal finish sixth in the standings, missing out on Champions League football and failing to win any major silverware.
As such, Parlour believes his exit from the club should have been 12 months prior when the Gunners beat Chelsea at Wembley to win the FA Cup.
“It was probably the hardest decision the board had to make in their lives because of what he did for the club, and suddenly to sack him, but they had to make a decision there,” Parlour told talkSPORT .
“You look around the stadium when he came to his last year, there was no one there. The stadium was empty as fans said, ‘we’re not going to go and watch it anymore because we’re not enjoying what’s happening’.
“He probably outstayed his time at Arsenal. I think the time he should have left was after beating Chelsea.”
Arsenal have not played in the Champions League for the past three seasons and Wenger’s immediate successor, Unai Emery, lasted just 18 months before being sacked.
However, Arsenal have shown signs of improvement under Mikel Arteta after winning the FA Cup last season and beating Liverpool in the Community Shield earlier this year.