Former Arsenal centre-back, and current youth head-coach, Per Mertesacker has claimed that it was the players at fault for the exit of Arsene Wenger.
It was reported earlier this year that French manager was stepping down, with the 67-year-old star leaving the team at the end of last campaign.
He had one more year left on his current deal at The Norht London club, however, felt as though his time was up after mass fan unrest.
Wenger has spent over 20-years, winning multiple Premier League trophies and a number of FA Cups/
Speaking to The Mirror, Mertesacker said this:
“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 at 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.”
German defender has spent seven seasons at the North London club under Arsene Wenger and made over 200 appearances for the team in all tournaments.