Wenger’s side beat Everton 3-1, but victories for Liverpool and
Once again some fans inside the Emirates Stadium held up placards calling for Wenger to step down, as well as some criticising American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.
Wenger, who took over in 1996 and won three Premier League titles for the north
He said his future would be decided after next week’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and that his loyalty could not be questioned, adding that he had turned down “every club in the world” to stay at Arsenal for 21 years.
The 67-year-old Frenchman said the atmosphere at the club was a contributory factor in his side’s failure to finish in the top four – which means they will play in the Europa League.
“Of course you want to avoid this drama,” he said. “I’m experienced enough to deal with it, but it was a big handicap for the team because they played in a very hostile environment. More than ever, we had to stick together and be strong because it’s been very difficult for us.”
Wenger appeared to criticise the club’s fans, who have been split between those loyal to him and those who feel he should leave.
“This group of players are remarkable and deserved to be supported in a different way,” he said.
“It is annoying (to miss out), but we had a spell during the season that was difficult, and it was difficult for me in my personal situation. We were playing in a hostile environment.
“The players came back stronger in the last two months, and I’m very proud of them for doing that.”
Goals by Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sealed victory for Arsenal on Sunday, but they now have a defensive headache for next week’s Wembley final against
Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a bad tackle on Enner
“We lost two centre-backs, and that’s a big blow,” Wenger said.