Arsene Wenger has apologised to Arsenal fans during the club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday.
The Gunners boss attended the meeting and made a speech to shareholders where he joked about his longevity in north London having recently celebrated 20 years as manager of the club.
Wenger’s future in north London remains the subject of much speculation and he gave little away on the topic during his speech with a tongue in cheek look at his time at the club where he has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups.
“Yes it’s 20 years, I’m sorry but I would like to thank you for your consistent support,” he said via the Metro.
“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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Wenger also predicted how many points would be enought to win the Premier League title this season. The Gunners finished with 71 points last season, 10 points behind champions Leicester City.
“If you look well after nine games now you can see the first trend is set,” he added. “The Championship will be decided between 82 to 86 points.”
Despite having seen Arsenal drop points to Middlesbrough, Wenger seemed on top form at this year’s AGM which appeared far less tense and without the acrimony that has been present in recent years.