Arsene Wenger opens up on criticism he faced towards end of Arsenal tenure: ‘Very brutal’

Arsene Wenger opens up on criticism he faced towards end of Arsenal tenure: ‘Very brutal’

Wenger’s Arsenal stint

Arsene Wenger will no doubt go down as one of the greatest managers of the Premier League era.

The Frenchman devoted over two decades of his career to Arsenal, guiding the Gunners to three League titles and seven FA Cups.

Wenger’s 2003-04 side, meanwhile, remain the only side in history to go a full Premier League campaign unbeaten.

The latter stages of Wenger’s Arsenal stint, however, proved nowhere near as rosy.

In fact, despite his service to the club, large sections of the Gunners fanbase turned on their long-time boss as he entered the twilight stages of his managerial career.

Arsene Wenger opens up on criticism he faced towards end of Arsenal tenure: ‘Very brutal’

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal puts on his coat during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Wenger on criticism

The Gunners, once a nailed-on top-four side, began to slip down the Premier League pecking order under Wenger.

Whilst the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea thrived, the north Londoners struggled to even secure Champions League football.

This, in turn, led to many Arsenal fans taking the ‘Wenger out’ stance.

Now, in a recent interview with The Guardian, Wenger has opened up on the criticism he faced towards the end of his Arsenal career.

The decorated tactician labelled the hostility he was subjected to from fans and the club’s board alike altogether ‘unjustified’:

“The hostility of a section of the fans and the board was unjustified.

“I felt as if I’d built the training centre and the stadium myself brick by brick… it was very hard, very brutal.”

Wenger added:

“Arsenal was a matter of life and death to me,” he added. “And without it there were some very lonely, very painful moments.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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