The Frenchman announced on Friday that he was hanging up his puffy jacket after 22 years with the North London side when the curtain comes down on this season, and today was the first time he’d faced the media since the decision was announced.
Following the 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates this afternoon, Wenger elaborated on the agonising decision as he sat down with reporters, and he admitted that some of the fans’ opinions played heavily on his mind.
Speaking via Football.London, he said: “I was not tired.
“But I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England. Our fans did not give the image of unity at the club I want, that was hurtful.
“Because I feel the club is respected and overall the image we gave of our club is not what it is and not what I like.
“Sport is about winning and losing and you have to accept that you are going to lose games. But it’s about something bigger. For me, that was always a worry how the club was perceived worldwide.
“For kids who play in Africa and China and America. The dream that it can create for young children who want to play football.
“All our clubs have a responsibility in that.”
Now that Arsenal will be looking for their first new manager in over two decades, who do you think would be a good fit at the Emirates? And are you sad to see Wenger depart after all these years?