Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he “hesitated” over signing a new contract last season because he doubted whether he was “capable of leading the club”.

Wenger agreed a two-year deal in May, a month before his contract expired.

On French TV programme Telefoot, he said there were “personal reasons” behind the decision to delay extending his 21-year reign at the Gunners.

But he added: “I’ve been there for so long that you always wonder, can you still take the team to the next level?”

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season – the first time they have finished outside the top four since Wenger joined in 1996 – before beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup.

Wenger’s side began their new league campaign with a 4-3 victory at home to Leicester, before losing 1-0 at Stoke and 4-0 at Liverpool.

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