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Wenger proud of Arsenal growth

Arsene Wenger admits he will never be satisfied with his Arsenal reign but won’t accept the recent criticism that has been directed his way.

The Frenchman has come under intense scrutiny over the past couple of months, most noticeably after the club’s quarter-final defeat to Bradford City in the League Cup.

But Wenger maintains that he has an easier job now than he did in the glory-laden years when he first took over in 1996.

“I am never satisfied. I just try to do my best and I believe I would like to go away and think I have done that,” Wenger said.

“I have been under the most criticism in the last seven years. But I feel as a manager it was more difficult in the first years I was here.

“What I believe, as well, is that the club has grown since I arrived. When you compare where the club is today from then, you can see that.

“When I arrived, the club was at Highbury with no training ground and only 80 employees.

“Today we have nearly 500 employees, play in a great stadium and have a big training centre.

“And we are a club known throughout the world. We have been consistent at the top level.”

Arsenal are closing in on eight years without a trophy but Wenger insists that he has left a legacy at the Emirates Stadium which is bigger than any single trophy.

“Our legacy will be our style of play. A way to see football. A way to see the development of the game and overall a happy attitude towards the game,” he said.

Sat 22 December, 2012
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