After over two decades at the club, Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal came to an end last season in somewhat of a fairly disappointing fashion.
In arguably the club’s worst season under the Frenchman, Arsenal reached the final of the EFL Cup but lost to City and to compound that even more, also reached the semi-final of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid but again were beaten.
In the league, Arsenal seemingly couldn’t pull themselves together as the Gunners recorded one of the worst away records in English football last year and disappointingly for the Arsenal faithful, finished sixth – 12 points off Liverpool in fourth.
After years of the fans calling for the Frenchman to be sacked, the cries finally got too loud for Wenger to survive and the club announced that he would be leaving at the end of the season.
However, now head of Arsenal’s academy and former club captain, Per Mertesacker has revealed that the players let down the long-serving manager and that they should take the blame for Wenger leaving, as reported by Spox via the Metro.
Although Wenger can be blamed for a lot during his time at the club, the recent comments from Mertesacker although not surprising, are slightly worrying. Tactically Wenger seemed to be outdated, while also slightly naive in his dealings with the players, namely the Alexis Sanchez contract situation. Having said that, if a figure like Mertesacker reveals that the players didn’t play to their full capacity, Arsenal’s poor fortunes may continue under Unai Emery too.
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