Arsene Wenger says he’s pleased with his squad’s attitude this season but admits he harbours frustration that Arsenal couldn’t maintain their title challenge after topping the Premier League for 120 days.
The Gunners delivered a low key 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion this afternoon to take their points tally for the season to 76 points; a gap of just four points on the leaders which had the boss lamenting what might have been.
“I’m happy with the attitude, the behaviour and the consistency of my players,” he told press after the last home game of the season.
“I’m frustrated as well because we were 120 days top of the league. When you look today it’s very tight and then comes through your mind here and there the points you dropped that we should not have dropped.
“The regret as well is at the most important period of the season we had two important players out. We have many players who have only played between five and 15 games. That’s where we want to improve for next season.”
Pinpointing a general lack of goals and his side’s defeats at their rivals as decisive factors he continued:
“I would just say to be brutal in our first analysis is we missed a few goals compared to the teams who scored the most goals and we missed some big away games by conceding two many.
“Apart from that our defensive stability was fantastic, we had 16 clean sheets but in some games we were not at the start of the game and we couldn’t get into them before we lost it. The defensive stability we had the whole season was not reflected in these kind of games.
“If you look at the overall performance of the team we have done until today well in the cup, we have done quite well in the Champions League where we had a difficult group, we played against Bayern with ten men and we didn’t fail anywhere.
“The attitude of the group was remarkably consistent and of quality. But we still have missed something to be decisive in the Premier League at the moment when we were in a good position.”
Pressed on the subject of his future, Wenger once again stressed that he’ll be at the helm come the new season joking:
“Look at me! You will see me again.”