Arsenal man admits players were to blame for Wenger’s departure

Oli Fisher

Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted his regret that the players didn’t do more to help Arsene Wenger.

Wenger’s 22-year stint in charge of the Gunners came to an end in May, having been replaced by former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery.

Now, Mertesacker has admitted that Wenger’s decision to step aside came as a shock, and also revealed that he feels partly responsible for the team’s struggles last campaign.

“It was a bit surprising for us. He came into the meeting and said that he had decided together with the bosses to leave at the end of the season,” he told ESPN.

“It was a sad moment because I had the feeling I contributed my share to it.

“His farewell was also the players’ fault because we had many chances to get better results. We failed while he backed us all the time.

“I was the first who felt the need to say something and said I deeply regretted it. It was important for him to see that we had something to say as a team and that we stood by his side.”

 

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