Wenger Reveals Why He Decided To Leave Arsenal
Arsene Wenger Reveals Why He Decided To Leave Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly revealed the real reason why he will leave the Gunners at the end of the season, hinting that he felt hurt by the club's fans.
The Frenchman will leave the club after the current season, ending a 22-year reign during which he lifted 17 trophies.
In recent seasons, many of the club's fans have been visibly upset with the team's results – voicing their concerns, starting #WengerOut campaigns, for example – and Wenger has now admitted that he opted to leave in order to save Arsenal's image from "stupid headlines" focused on him.
"I was not tired," Wenger said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"But I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England. Our fans did not give the image of unity at the club I want at the club all over the world, that was hurtful.
"Because I feel the club is respected and overall the image we gave of our club is not what it is and not what I like.
"I feel that this club has a fantastic image and, for me, that is absolutely vital. We can speak and speak and speak, but sport is about winning and losing and you have to accept you will lose games, even when I am not here anymore.
"But it is, as well, about something bigger than just winning or losing and for me that was always a worry: how the club was perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa, China and America and the dreams it can create for young children who want to play football, and all our clubs have a responsibility for that.
"I am not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines. I am not resentful with the fans. I just feel that if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is, for me that is more important than me staying.
"That is all I want to say. It is nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy and I can understand that and I have to live with that and I can accept that."
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