Arsene Wenger says that he feels sorry for not having given 100% satisfaction to every supporter of Arsenal.
The fans staged a protest against the regime of Wenger, which has failed to yield a league title in the last decade. Even though there have been two FA Cup trophies during this period, it is not seen as a recognition of the club’s stature. Arsenal are primarily judged upon their ability to win major honours like the Premier League and challenge in the Champions League. However, both these aspects have not happened since 2003-04 and this has led to fans calling for his departure.
The protests inside the stadium were held at the 12th minute as a symbolic gesture that the club has now gone 12 seasons without winning the league title. Even as there was dissent amongst some supporters, there was praise for Wenger in various quarters of the stadium. Prior to the match, the Frenchman claimed that he committed to Arsenal during a difficult financial times even when there were offers from several other clubs. His commitment to stay was revealed as the reason behind banks offering the club almost £ 400 million in loan to construct the Emirates stadium, which has been a major source of revenue for the club in the last five years.
“I am a professional who has given 19 years to this club.I have to accept the judgement of people. The only thing I don’t doubt is my sincere commitment to the club. After that I am sorry if I cannot keep 100 per cent happy.Maybe it is as well because we have been remarkably consistent. This season was a bit special because we were in a position for a long time where our fans believed we could win the league.We didn’t and that’s why I think it’s more disappointed love than real aggression,” said Wenger.