Don't blame me for Arsenal missing top 4 spot - Arsene Wenger

After failing to secure a top four finish in the Premier League on Sunday, Wenger appeared to hit out at the confusion over the lack of backing he has received from Arsenal's board in recent months after suggestion the doubts over his future had created a "horrendous" atmosphere that had contributed to the team's slump.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the outcome was "frustrating".

The top four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

"They have learned a lot and they have gone through hard periods this season and they have bounced back in a very strong way". "Our points total is decent if you look at it over the years".

"We want to be in the Champions League, so I think it's a good step in the right direction for us and it will help us develop as a squad".

"We were playing in a hostile environment", he said.

Wenger, whose contract expires this summer and still has a chance of winning a silverware this season, says his future will be decided after the FA Cup final on Saturday. The parachute payments will only go so far as clubs try to rebuild and keep hold of as many of their players as possible to make a swift return.

"But paradoxically, last year, we finished second with 71 points, and this year we're fifth with 75.That proves the Premier League is a league that is increasingly hard and hotly contested with five or six teams that can potentially challenge for the title".

Champions Chelsea finished the Premier League campaign with 30 wins as they thumped relegated Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge, where departing captain John Terry was given a guard of honour as he left the pitch. "I don't know many that have done that".

"I really feel sorry for him because I think he's shown outstanding qualities, and I think he has handled the whole situation".

He has netted 14 times across all competitions for the Reds this season, with a personal best 13 of those efforts coming in Premier League fixtures.

  • Julie Sanders