Arsene Wenger has been speaking to press after his announcement that he will end his 22 year association with Arsenal by stepping down as the clubs manager at the end of this season.
As we reported yesterday it has been revealed that the Frenchman’s decision to leave the Gunners was due to the fact he faced the possibility of being sacked due to poor results on the pitch and concern over fan unrest.
A large section of Arsenal’s support have been extremely vocal of their desire for Wenger to leave the club in recent years, and Wenger has revealed that this has negatively impacted on how the North London club is viewed throughout the world.
“Personally I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England, that our fans did not give the image of unity I want at the club all over the world and that was hurtful,” Wenger said.
“I feel the club is respected and overall the image we gave from our club is not what it is and not what I like.
“This club has a fantastic image, for me that is absolutely vital.
“Sport is about winning and losing and you have to accept that you are going to lose games. But it’s about something bigger. For me, that was always a worry how the club was perceived worldwide.
“For kids who play in Africa and China and America. The dream that it can create for you children who want to play football.
“All our clubs have a responsibility in that.”
“I’m not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines. I’m not resentful with the fans.
“I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is, then for me that is more than me.
“That’s what I want to say. It’s nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy, I can understand that and I have to live with that, I have to accept that.
“I don’t know if it was damaging, it was not corresponding with how I feel the club should be perceived and is perceived all over the world.
“I travel a lot, this club is respected all over the world and that’s down to work. The way we play football, the way we behave, the way we treat people.”