Wenger slams critics of his final years in charge of Arsenal

Date published: Tuesday 21st September 2021 10:26 - Joe Williams

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Arsene Wenger has hit out at the “harsh” critics of his latter years in charge of Arsenal and has revealed what he is “most proud” of from his time in north London.

Wenger left the Gunners in 2018 after 22 years with the club. During that time he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

He is yet to officially retire from management, despite being 71 years old, and he’s been linked with several jobs since he departed the Emirates Stadium.

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The Frenchman came under a lot of criticism towards the end of his tenure as Arsenal struggled to compete for major honours.

Part of that was down to the lack of available funds to improve the first team as the club looked to pay off the money used to build the Emirates.

In response to critics of his final years at Arsenal, Wenger told the Daily Telegraph: “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 is currently making the headlines for his controversial proposal that the World Cup should be played every two years.

Wenger added: “It is only my proposal! I don’t make that decision. It’s for the whole football world to decide.”


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