Nacho Monreal has claimed that Arsenal’s decline since the departure of Arsene Wenger proves how good of a job the Frenchman was doing at the club.
The former manager left the north London giants following the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season and was subsequently replaced by Unai Emery, who went on to get sacked 18 months later.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the full-back sung the praises of the FIFA executive admitting he doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves for his achievements.
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It’s quietly becoming clearer and clearer that the work done by the Frenchman to get us into the Champions League year after year for 20+ years was a phenomenal achievement. As a matter of fact, I’d go as far as saying it was undervalued by many at the club, who now suffer season after season of mediocrity.
And when you compare the squads that were available to Wenger during his time in charge to what Mikel Arteta has available to himself right now, it’s plainly obvious who had the bigger struggle.
There was no Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Wenger’s reign as year after year he used to watch his prime talent leave the club in search of glory. Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner was all that the former AS Monaco manager had at one point in time, and even that didn’t stop him from reaching the promised land.
Greater respect is needed for some of the things Wenger did for this club. It seems his time at the club have been swatted away with disregard during a period where they should really be highlighted far more during times of struggle.