Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has admitted that he and his former teammates are responsible for Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign at the North London club coming to an end at the end of last season.
Although it was reported at the time that the decision for Wenger to leave the Emirates was a mutual one between the French coach and the Gunners board, it is now widely thought that it was more a case of the 68-year-old coach jumping before he was pushed, due to his side finishing outside the top four in two consecutive seasons.
Now former Gunners captain Mertesacker has admitted that Arsenal’s players must take a lot of the blame for the poor results that contributed the Wenger’s departure.
“It was very surprising for us. He arrived at a meeting and told us that he had decided with the directors to leave at the end of the season.’’ The Arsenal Youth coach told Spox.
“It was a very sad moment. I had this feeling that I contributed to that. His departure is also the fault of the players because we had a lot of opportunities to get better results. We failed while he supported us all the time.
“I was the first to feel the need to say something and said that I deeply regretted it. It was important for him to see that we had something to say as a group and we were supportive.”