04/22 11:04 CDT Wenger says he doesn't resent Arsenal dissent after quitting
Wenger says he doesn't resent Arsenal dissent after quitting
By ROB HARRIS
AP Global Soccer Writer
LONDON (AP) --- Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he doesn't resent
fan protests but says they didn't reflect how the club is perceived throughout
The 68-year-old Frenchman spoke for the first time since announcing Friday that
he was quitting Arsenal after 22 years, despite having a year remaining on his
Speaking after a 4-1 victory over West Ham in the Premier League, Wenger
declined to discuss what prompted his decision.
But "Wenger Out" banners have been displayed by some fans as Arsenal has failed
to win the Premier League since 2004.
Wenger says "I am not resentful of fans. I just feel if my personality is in
the way of what I feel our club is, for me that is more important."
Wenger added that "if the fans were not happy I can understand that. ... I
don't know if it was damaging. It was not corresponding to what I really feel
our club is perceived and has to be perceived all over the world."