Arsene Wenger believes his final few years at Arsenal have been unfairly criticised as he opens up on his painful exit from the club.
The Frenchman left the Gunners in 2018 after a 22-year spell in charge which returned three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, a Champions League final appearance and a new stadium.
However, with the club failing to mount a serious title challenge following the move to the Emirates from Highbury in 2006, calls of ‘Wenger out’ from the fans had become a common occurrence in his final few seasons.
But since Wenger’s departure, Arsenal have had to settle for Europa League football and finished eighth last season – their worst league campaign for 25 years.
Wenger admitted in his recent autobiography leaving the Gunners was a “very lonely, very painful” separation but remains adamant every decision he made was in Arsenal’s best interests.
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.