Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger brings forward the club’s whole feelings towards their position at the end of the season in a press conference after watching the team win 3-1 against Everton despite going down to 10-men early in the match, yet losing the Champions League spot.
“We have played very well. We were down to 10 men for such a long time, so to win the game means we have shown what we have shown recently: strength, togetherness and fighting spirit.
“We won the game and we knew that’s all we could do before the game. We stuck together and we could have even scored some more goals at the end,” the Frenchman said.
The embattled coach said it would be the first time the club would sit out the Champions League. He labeled it “strange” as the team pulled 75 points yet they fell a point behind. He seemed to excuse the players who had to put up with the “absolutely horrendous” psychological environment. He said he was proud with the way they responded to the situation.
Wenger said the season was hampered as they were “unstable defensively and unsettled mentally” and then the loss to Bayern Munich affected them. He added that the “difficult periods” would help them next season but that the plan if to keep “90 percent” of the players whilst adding “one or two more.”
The manager has deflected answering questions regarding his future, preferring to focus on the forthcoming FA Cup against Chelsea next Sunday. Gabriel would miss the clash due to knee injury and defender ShkodranMustafi is doubtful ahead of the clash. Losing the fixture might force the board to give him just a year to prepare his exit after long service.