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“It created a climate of insecurity” – Wenger regrets contract uncertainty

Date Posted,July 18, 2017

Arsene Wenger has admitted his failure to end speculation over his future last season was a mistake.

The Arsenal boss finally signed a new two-year deal at the end of May after months of uncertainty.

He was regularly asked during his pre-match press conferences about his future, providing a distraction from on-field matters.

Arsenal’s form was affected during the period as they missed out on a spot in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

But the Frenchman hopes his contract will provide some stability going into the new season.

The Gunners boss shows his dejection last term (Image: Getty)
Anti-Arsene Wenger protest (Image: REUTERS)
Arsenal fans fly a banner in protest (Image: AFP/Getty)

“For me it will be a change because it was a bit eternal, a repetition of the press conferences about that,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Maybe I made a mistake and allowed that to happen because I didn’t commit early enough.

“It was a bit of a handicap because it created a climate of insecurity and a lack of clarity about my person that maybe did not help at some stage.

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“I believe everyone is focused on the new season and giving absolutely the best, so overall that is what we want as we go into it.

“We basically had three seasons last year: the first part was very positive, the second part was very negative, and the third part was very positive.

“I believe it is important that we analyse well what happened to us, and where we can improve – and then transfer the optimistic final part of the season into the new campaign and start in a very strong way.”

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