Arsene Wenger issues light-hearted apology to Arsenal fans

The Arsenal boss has been reflecting on his 20-year reign in charge of The Gunners

Arsene Wenger has issued an apology for all of the “suffering” caused during his 20-year spell in charge of Arsenal.

The Frenchman celebrated the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Gunners boss this month as he continues to steer Arsenal forward following his appointment back in 1996 at Highbury.

Wenger has come under heavy criticism for his failure to guide Arsenal to the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 but have struggled to mount a serious assault on the Premier League title in recent years.

Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League and level on points with leaders Manchester City after nine games of the new campaign.

And Wenger delivered an honest assessment of his reign at Arsenal during the club’s AGM on Monday afternoon at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger told the gathered shareholders: “Yes it’s 20 years, I’m sorry but I would like to thank you for your consistent support.

“I would like to apologise for every minute I make you suffer in these 20 years but you don’t look too bad for people who have suffered for 20 years. I am sorry for the boy who was born 20 years ago and only known one manager.

“I would reassure that when he will be 40 he will know a few more.

“I tried to serve for 20 years this club sincerely, with complete commitment loyalty and of course competence and that was a very important part of my guidance and I tried to respect what is important for this club, respect for people, humility and as well always try to develop the team and the club.”

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