Arsene Wenger reckons a club’s “values” are as important as the amount of siverware in its trophy cabinet as he hit back at his critics.
Recent reports have suggested that the Frenchman intends to stay on at the Emirates Stadium despite calls from some Arsenal fans for him to step aside at the end of the season.
The Gunners are 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea and currently sit in fifth place, while they crashed out of the Champions League after being humiliated 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich.
Wenger last won the Premier League in 2014 but the 67-year-old thinks there is more to the identity of a club than winning trophies.
“For me Arsenal is the best club in the world and what we have built is absolutely remarkable, not only on the results front but on the values that this club, what we have built,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
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“Of course a football club is about winning, it’s as well about values.
“Nobody talks about that anymore but sport is as well about values and I think integrity, respect, humility, togetherness are very important qualities and if you would visit our club you would see that they really exist on a daily basis.
“That is part of what I am proud as well.
“You can basically say that if you don’t win the championship it is not a successful season and I can understand that but you take clubs like Liverpool and they have not won the Premier League, they are a big club.
“You have clubs like Man City, Man United, certainly the championship will be won by Chelsea so we have all, and no matter how many we are, Tottenham, all these clubs, every year only one will win it.”