Wenger reveals ‘hurtful’ reason behind Gunners exit

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ARSENE Wenger said he was not tired of controlling Arsenal but finishing after finding fan protests requiring his departure to be "harmful" and harmful to the club.

The 68-year-old Frenchman was originally reticent on Sunday to discuss the exact reason for his decision after 22 years of responsibility.

But facing the media for the first time since Friday's shocks, Wenger avoided and gave an insight into what was his departure when he had another season back on his contract.

"I was not tired," said Wenger after Arsenal's 4-1 victory over West Ham in the Premier League. "Personally, I think this club has been respected all over the world, much more than in England … our fans did not give the picture of unity that I want in the club all over the world and it was vulnerable. I feel the club is respected. Overall, the picture we gave of our club is not what it is and what I do not think. "" Wenger Out "banners have been shown by some fans at stake – and in events without connection to football as disillusionment grew on Arsenal not winning the Premier League since 2004.

"I do not want to make stupid headlines. I'm not angry with the fans," said Wenger. "I just feel that if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is for me it's more important than me. I say that. It has nothing to do with the fans. Our fans were not happy. I can understand that. "I travel a lot and this club is respected all over the world and it's down at work. That's the way we play soccer, the way we behave, and how we treat people. So I want it to continue and be respected and give the picture that I think is right. Although there is a lot of money in the game … more than the results are the way a club is perceived.

And the example the club gives around the world. "Wenger was hired by Arsenal in 1996 on the back of successes in Monaco and a stint in charge of the Japanese club Grampus Eight. Only another manager from outside Britain or Ireland to take charge of an English-top English club, Wenger contributed to revolutionizing English football by introducing new sports science exercises.

Wenger's methods delivered on the pitch – with Arsenal winning the Premier League in 1998, 2002 and the unbeaten "Invincibles" season in 2004 – contributing to attracting a global fan base.

"I think this club has a great picture and it is absolutely important to me," said Wenger. "Sports is also about something bigger than just winning or losing and for me it was always a concern about how the club is perceived worldwide for children playing in Africa, in China, in America. And the dream it can create for small children who want to play soccer. "Wenger has had glowing tribute to his contribution to the Premier League since Friday's decision. It marks a change from the protests that have mounted since Arsenal has won sixth in the positions and faces its lowest finish during Wenger's reign.

"Then I had the feeling a bit … of my funeral because other people are talking about you and how you were," said Wenger. "So it was a little interesting on that front. So I do not have to die anymore. "But there was no extinction of support for Wenger during Sunday's game against West Ham, with only a few" Arsene Wenger "performances in Emirates Stadium.

" I'm glad when our fans are happy and I'm even ready to suffer to make them happy, "said Wenger." If they sometimes make me happy too, I'll take it. But I feel that every decision I made in my 22 years is for Arsenal's good and sake. Even when it was the wrong decision, it was always a priority and to do well with the club.

"I tried to influence a club on the structural side, the development of the individual players and of course the game style and the results. Combining the three is not always easy. I think I want to leave a club that's in a very strong position on all fronts and my goal was always to do it and to give a chance to the guy who comes after me to do even better in the next 20 years. That's my wish. "[19659003] Arsenal's priority is now the Europa League, with semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid on Thursday. With Arsenal out of the best four in the league, Europa League is the only realistic way into the Champions League, and the Lyon final can give Wenger the perfect send-off. "I will always be linked (to the club), but it's hard," said Wenger. "You do not give 22 years of your life – and I gave the best years of my life to this club. I arrived at 46 years and I worked seven days a week, not six, not six and a half, seven in 22 years .

"So you can not just go away and say," Thank you, goodbye. "You can not be completely engaged on one side and then go away like nothing happened. It is impossible. I know I will meet this challenge that will be difficult for me. But I had other difficulties in my life, and I hope I will also come through this. "Wenger is not yet to say if he wants to make another team.

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