Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had his say on the ‘harsh’ criticism he received from some fans, pundits and the media in his final few years at the Emirates.
The legendary Frenchman is undoubtedly the biggest reason why Arsenal are as big a club as we are today. He made us a global brand and one of the biggest clubs in the world, but some people felt they were right to hound him out of the club.
Wenger has now commented on the criticism, abuse and hate he received from some sections of the fan base. He claims that people were very harsh on him as Arsenal weren’t as bad as many made it seem in his final few years at the helm.
Arsene Wenger: People are harsh about my final years at Arsenal
He told The 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.”
The Insider’s View:
Wenger is absolutely spot on. Arsenal never got the credit we deserved at times during his final few years. He was targetted by the media and pundits and that resulted in a few fans turning against him.
However, every true Arsenal supporter knows that it was only a minority of the fanbase who went above and beyond to hurl abuses at him. They were small in number, but were extremely loud, which made it seem like many wanted him gone.
Arsenal’s record since Wenger’s departure shows just how well he did. If the legendary Frenchman was given the same kind of money to spend as Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta were, we would’ve arguably been in an incredible position today. Sadly, the board did what they did and we are where we are.