Arsene Wenger has branded Arsenal missing out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years ‘annoying’, but insists he is proud of his players.
The Gunners beat Everton on the final day of the season but wins for Liverpool and Manchester City means they must settle for fifth place and the Europa League next season.
Wenger, though, was upbeat following the disappointment.
“It is annoying but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation. We were playing in a hostile environment. The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that.
“I was focused on my job. I am professional. I love this club enough to do my best every single day. One thing you cannot question is my love for this club. I’ve turned down every club in the world to stay here.”