LONDON – Arsene Wenger said he was not tired of managing Arsenal, but announced after fan protests and demanded his departure "hurtful" and harmful to the image of the club.
The 68-year-old Frenchman was initially reluctant on Sunday to discuss the exact reason for his decision after 22 years.
After Wenger confronted the media for the first time since Friday's shock announcement, he relented and gave an insight into what was dropping his departure when he had one more season on his contract.
"I was not tired," Wenger said after Arsenal's 4-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League. "I personally think that this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England … our fans did not give the image of the unity I want to have in the club around the world, and that was hurtful, I feel All in all, the image we get from our club is not what it is and not what I like. "
" Wenger Out "banners were added by some fans Playing showed – and at events that had nothing to do with football – as disillusionment at Arsenal's failure grew to win the Premier League since 2004.
"I do not want to make stupid headlines, I'm not upset with the fans," Wenger said. "I just feel that if my personality matches what I think is our club, it's more important to me than I. That's what I say, it's not about the fans, our fans were not happy I can understand that.
"I travel a lot and this club is respected around the world and that's at work. It depends on how we play football, how we behave and how we deal with people. I want it to go on and be respected and give the image I think is right. Even if there is a lot of money in the game … more than the result is the way a club is perceived. And the example that the club gives all over the world. "
Wenger was hired by Arsenal for success in Monaco and a stint for Japanese club Grampus Eight in 1996. Only the second manager from outside Britain or Ireland, who is responsible for a high-profile English club, has contributed to the English Revolutionizing football through the introduction of new sports science practices.
Wengers methods on the field – with Arsenal winning the Premier League in 1998, 2002 and the 2004 unbeaten "Invincibles" season – helped attract a global fan base.
"I think this club has a fantastic image, and for me it's very important," Wenger said, "Sport is also something bigger than winning or losing, and for me it has always been a concern, like the club is perceived worldwide for children who play in Africa, in China, in America. And the dream he can create for little kids who want to play football. "
Wenger has honored his contribution to the Premier League since his decision on Friday, a change from the protests as Arsenal slipped into sixth place in the table and reached its lowest point during Wengers reign. 19659006] "After that I had a little feeling … from my funeral, because other people are talking about you and how you were," said Wenger. "So it was a bit interesting on this front. So I do not need to die anymore.
But on Sunday there was no support for Wenger against West Ham, with only a few renditions of "There's only one Arsene Wenger" at the Emirates Stadium.
"I'm happy when our fans are happy and me I'm even willing to suffer to make her happy, "Wenger said." If they make me happy sometimes, I suppose. But I feel that every single decision I've made in my 22 years serves the Arsenal. Even if it was the wrong decision, it was always a priority and good to do with the club.
"I tried to structurally influence a club, the development of each player and of course the style of play and the results." Combining the three is not always easy, I think I'll leave a club on all fronts is in a very strong position and my goal has always been to do that and to give the guy who comes after me an opportunity to get even better in the next 20 years. "That's my wish."
Arsenal's priority now is the Europa League with the semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid on Thursday. With Arsenal out of the top four in the league, winning the Europa League is the only realistic way into the Champions League and the final in Lyon can give Wenger the perfect farewell.
"I'll always be tied to the club, but it's difficult," said Wenger. "You do not give 22 years of your life like that – and I gave this club the best years of my life – I've been 46 years old and worked seven days a week, not six, not six and a half, seven, for 22 years.
"So you can not just go away and say, 'Thank you, bye.' You can not be completely committed on one side and then leave as if nothing had happened. It is impossible. I know that I will accept this challenge, that it will be difficult for me. But I had other difficulties in my life, and I hope I can handle this too.
Wenger has yet to tell if he will lead another team.
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