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Wenger’s final years at Arsenal ‘unfairly criticize’

Tue 21 September 2021 | 8:48

The Frenchman thinks that his final years with the Gunners was criticized unfairly as he talked about the painful departure he had from the club.

Arsene Wenger

departed

Arsenal

in 2018 following a 22-year spell at the helm, delivering three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups as well as a Champions League final.

However, the club did not manage to grab a title after the move to the Emirates from Highbury in 2006 and supporters started calls of ‘Wenger out’ during his final years in charge.

After Wenger’s leave, the Gunners had to accept playing in Europa League and ended the Premier League season sitting eighth on the table, which marked their worst league campaign in 25 years.

Wenger revealed in his autobiography that departing Arsenal was “very lonely, very painful” but insisted that his decisions always had the club’s best interest at heart.

Speaking to 

The Telegraph

, Arsene Wenger said:

"I think people are quite harsh about the last years.

"In 2016 we finished second in the league. Leicester won but other teams were behind Leicester as well, and Leicester only lost three games. In 2017 we did not qualify for the top four for the first time in 20 years but we got 75 points.

"People don't realise. We won the [FA] cup against Chelsea who had just won the championship and had the chance of winning the double.

"And after, in 2018, we lost the League Cup final against (Manchester) City, we lost in the semi-final of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid but by just one goal."

"But look, I gave the best years of my career to develop what I think is important - the stadium and pay it back and put the club in a position where it was capable of facing the future and had the potential to do well.

"At the end of the day, above all, we won and what I am most proud about is putting the club in that position."

Wenger, who is now the chief of global football development at FIFA, is reported to have controversial plans to be at the World Cup every two years and the matter is going to be discussed by the governing bodies of football this month.

On his proposals, Wenger added:

"It is only my proposal! I don't make that decision. It's for the whole football world to decide

."


source: SportMob

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