Arsene Wenger says his “professionalism or commitment” cannot be questioned but that uncertainty over his future contributed to Arsenal failing to qualify for the Champions League.
It is the first time Arsenal, who finished fifth, have failed to qualify for the competition for 20 years.
Wenger, whose contract expires this summer, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on 27 May.
“I have said no to every club in the world. I believe since January we have played in a very difficult environment for different reasons. Some you know about and that’s very difficult for a group of players to cope with that – and some other reasons we will talk about on another day. Psychologically the atmosphere was absolutely horrendous. It has been difficult, yes, and certainly my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment,” he said.
Wenger, 67, whose side face Premier League champions Chelsea in next week’s FA Cup final, said it was “very sad” Arsenal will not be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.
He added, “It’s very sad [to not be in the Champions League]. Because for 20 years we were in it.It’s very strange because with 75 points we are one point short. And of course you can look everywhere for where we dropped this point.” (BBC)