English Premier League club Arsenal will not be playing in the Uefa Champions League next season, the first time the team will fail to do so in 20 years, but manager Arsene Wenger has absolved himself of any blame.
The Gunners boss says his “professionalism or commitment” cannot be questioned but that uncertainty over his future contributed to Arsenal failing to qualify for the Europe’s top clup competition.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Wenger, whose contract expires this summer and still has a chance of winning a silverware this season, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on Saturday.
“I have said `No’ to every club in the world,” the 67-year-old Frenchman said.
Wenger has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, and has won three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups with them.
But he 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,” Wenger said.
“It’s very difficult for a group of players to cope with that, and then there are 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.”
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