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Wenger: ‘My final few years at Arsenal were unfairly criticised’

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his final few years at Arsenal have been unfairly criticised. The Frenchman left North London in 2018 after 22 years at the club, but his exit was marred by fan protests following a decline in the clubs fortunes.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Wenger explained why he believed his final years at the club were judged in an unfair light:

“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.”