Former Arsenal defender makes shock Arsene Wenger claim

Per Mertesacker claims Arsenal’s players were at fault for Arsene Wenger’s decision to quit Emirates. The Frenchman called time on his 22-year reign at the end of the last term.

The 68-year-old came under increased pressure from fans due to the Gunners’ poor results which saw them miss out on Champions League for the first time in 21 years.

And Per Mertesacker thinks Arsenal’s players should take the blame for not being able to keep Wenger at the club. When asked about when Arsene Wenger told the players he was leaving Arsenal, the German coach told Spox: ‘That was very surprising for all of us.

‘He came into the meeting room and said that together with the bosses he had decided to quit the end of the season. ‘It was a sad moment because I felt like I’d done my part.

‘His departure was the fault of us, players, because we had many opportunities to get better results. We failed while he always stood in front of us.

‘I felt the need to be the first to speak, and expressed my deep regret. It was important for him to see that as a team we have something to say and stand for.’