Arsene Wenger joked on Thursday night that he regrets delaying his departure from Arsenal because now he wins a trophy every week.

The Frenchman was handed the lifetime achievement award by the League Managers Association, after earning a similar accolade at the Leaders Sport Awards in October.

It was England boss Gareth Southgate who handed the award to Wenger, leading the 69-year-old to respond: ‘Since I don’t compete anymore, I get a trophy every week.

‘How stupid was I not to understand earlier?’

On Wenger’s achievements, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: ‘Arsene’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996. 

‘It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements. 

‘On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.’ 

In August Wenger was honoured by Liberian president George Weah, who he managed at Monaco, with The Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption.

Wenger’s 22-year stint in north London ended in May after it was revealed his contract was not going to be renewed.

He was replaced by Unai Emery, who has led the Gunners on a 20-match unbeaten streak and has them challenging for a top-four spot.

But Wenger was no stranger to silverware throughout his time at Arsenal.

He lifted the Premier League three times with the Gunners and picked up the FA Cup on a further seven occasions.