Arsenal FC manager blames “difficult playing climate” at Emirates for title failure
Arsene Wenger suggests that home supporters haven’t helped the Arsenal cause this term
April 29th, 2016
Arsenal looked to have the Premier League title for the taking after beating Leicester City on 14 February, although the team then won just one of their next eight games in all competitions.
Indeed, it looks like the usual fourth place for the Gunners and their supporters are more disgruntled than ever. Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem to be helping matters with his latest comments which suggests that the climate at the Emirates is far from helpful.
“It is very frustrating because we were in a position for a very long time where we could compete for the title” he said. “We won the FA Cup in 2014, the Charity Shield [sic] and FA Cup in 2015, and we wanted to go another step up and win the league. It wasn’t possible, which is why we are frustrated. I can understand the frustration because no one is more frustrated than we are. But we must protect what we have and go for what we can still achieve. Our disappointment can’t go too far.
“We lost the championship at home against the lower teams – we have the best record against the top clubs – but we played at home in a very difficult climate. We have to realise that, away from home, we are championship winners. At home, against the smaller teams, we lost the league. This club does have special values though and one I’ve experienced over the years is to stick together and support the team. There’s no success without that.
“But some groups of people try to manipulate our fans, and I believe apart from an agenda – a personal agenda, a big ego – there’s not a lot behind it.”
Many Arsenal fans would disagree and there could be a toxic atmosphere on Saturday night when the Gunners face Norwich City.