Why Arsenal Failed To Qualify For Champions League – Wenger

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Under-pressure Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has blamed the uncertainty over his future contributed to the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League.

It is the first time Arsenal, who finished fifth, have failed to qualify for the competition for 20 years.

Wenger, whose contract expires this summer, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on 27 May.

“I have said no to every club in the world,” said the Frenchman, 67.

Wenger has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, winning three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups, but has faced protests from Arsenal supporters this season calling for him to quit.

“I believe since January we have played in a very difficult environment for different reasons,” he added.

“Some you know about and that’s very difficult for a group of players to cope with that – and some other reasons we will talk about on another day.

“Psychologically the atmosphere was absolutely horrendous. It has been difficult, yes, and certainly my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment.”

Wenger, whose side face Premier League champions Chelsea in next week’s FA Cup final, said it was “very sad” Arsenal will not be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.

He added: “We do our job and you are professional and part of the job is being professional when the environment is not positive.”

Some Arsenal fans also voiced their frustration at majority owner Stan Kroenke.

“I think you respect everyone in life and I respect Stan Kroenke a lot,” said Wenger. “It is not his fault we didn’t reach the Champions League tonight, it is the technical department’s responsibility for that.

“A club works when everybody does their job and we live in a society where everybody has an opinion and what moves society forward is when we work and not talk too much.”

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