Arsene Wenger says the hostile atmosphere created at the Emirates Stadium this season affected the players, after the club missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.
WENGER, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has seen his future intensely scrutinised with fans protesting and calling for the Frenchman’s reign to come to an end.
The sixty-seven year old, speaking after his side’s 3-1 win against Everton on the final day of the Premier League season, insists the environment around the club was toxic, adding that it was a handicap for his players.
“You have been at the games and you cannot say that the environment for the players was especially positive,” he said. “We have not to look there as well as an excuse, but I just say it’s a fact – it doesn’t help.”