Wenger’s remarkable 22-year spell in charge of the north London outfit came to an end last summer after another disappointing season, which saw Arsenal miss out on Champions League football for a second term running.
His final years were met by calls for Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager despite the success he had given them over the years, including three Premier League titles and a record-breaking seven FA Cups.
Per Mertesacker played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal between the years of 2011-2018
But the former defender, revealing all in his autobiography – ‘Per Mertesacker: Big Friendly German – claims Wenger wasn’t the main party to blame and insists the players should take the responsibility.
Mertesacker said: ‘When we lost one game, we often lost a few in a row. We could show off our class across six FA Cup games, but 38 League matches in 10 months were a different matter. We simply lacked the consistency all top teams need.
‘You couldn’t win the League on eight defeats a year. Arsene Wenger was always the kind of manager whose belief in his team’s qualities was steady as a rock and who approached matters with never-ending patience.
Wenger said goodbye to Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season after 22 years in charge
‘He didn’t lose his nerve during losing streaks, either. He stuck with his convictions and his players, no matter how strong the wind was blowing. It was his greatest strength.
‘Wondering whether it was also his greatest weakness and whether he was he too lenient with us is, in my opinion, a little too simplistic.
‘If the fans had got their way, there would have been five new top signings every year. ‘Spend some f***ing money!’ they would chorus from the stands after defeats.
‘But Wenger trusted the players he had. I never met another manager who believed more strongly in his squad’s ability.’
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