Arsene Wenger defends his Arsenal tenure as Unai Emery is proof he didn’t underachieve – Mirror Online

Arsene Wenger has defended his tenure as Arsenal boss – by suggesting their form since his departure shows he was not underachieving.

Wenger left the Gunners after the 2017/18 season having come under increased pressure towards the end of his 22-year reign.

He was replaced by Unai Emery, who fell just short in his bid to take the north London club back to the Champions League last season.

Discussing the recent poor form of local rivals Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, Wenger drew parallels with his past situation and suggested both managers were the victims of their own success.

The Frenchman kept Arsenal in the Champions League for 19 straight seasons, only missing out in his final season, and he says the club would now be happy to be back in that position.

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Wenger told beIN Sports : “Every year people want something more from you. I experienced that at Arsenal.

“We were twenty consecutive years in the top four but in the end it was not enough anymore.

“Today if you get into the Champions League people are very happy.

“That happened to Pochettino. Once you’re somewhere four or five years, no matter how good a job you have done, you have to show people you can give even more. He’s at that stage.”

Unai Emery failed to get Arsenal back into the Champions League last season
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Wenger continued to dissect Tottenham’s miserable run of form, which saw them lose 7-2 to Bayern Munich last week and 3-0 to Brighton at the weekend.

He added”: “When I played them two or three years ago, they looked like a young, hungry team who had found good strengths, good core of the team with people who were together, growing inside the club.

“They expressed that hunger and players from outside were vital, like Eriksen. Today, you don’t feel exactly the same chemistry, and a player like Eriksen is a bit sidelined because it looks like he doesn’t want to commit his future to the club.

“Modern life is down to small margins, and these small margins at the moment are not in their favour. Will they get that back?”

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