- Per Mertesacker says he regrets Arsenal players' role in Arsene Wenger's exit.
- Mertesacker insists the Frenchman left the EPL club at thee right time after a poor campaign
- Wenger left his managerial role at arsenal after 22 years at the end of last season
Ex-Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that Gunners players played a key role in retiring former manager Arsene Wenger at the end of 2017/18 campaign.
According to a Goal.com report citing ESPN sources, the German insists the Frenchman, who spent 22 years at the Premier League club was disappointed by his players with their poor performance during his last season at the Emirates.
"It was a bit surprising for us. He came into the meeting and said that he had decided together with the bosses to leave at the end of the season," Mertesacker was quoted as saying by ESPN.
Mertesacker blames Arsenal players for sacking ex-boss Arsene Wenger
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"It was a sad moment because I had the feeling I contributed my share to it.
"His farewell was also the players' fault because we had many chances to get better results. We failed while he backed us all the time.
"I was the first who felt the need to say something and said I deeply regretted it. It was important for him to see that we had something to say as a team and that we stood by his side,” noted Mertesacker, who was quick to add that the veteran manager, could not have ended his reign at the EPL club at a better time.
"No. Not a second too early or too late. When the news of his departure was finally out, the atmosphere changed," he said.
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"It was said what a great man he was, who changed this club extremely. You could not have had more success with this team. He got a deserved farewell and left this club as a legend,” the German defender submitted.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tipped by bookmakers to emerge as the new manager to Italian side AC Milan, days after ex-Gunners CEO Ivan Gazidis, joined the San Siro giants.
According to a UK Sun report, the Frenchman enjoyed a good working relationship with Gazidis, during his spell at the Premier League outfit.
Interestingly, Gazidis dumped the Premier League side for the Italian topflight, few months after the Frenchman parted ways with the Emirates outfit after 22 years.
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