Wenger admits he is left with regrets after failed season
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is filled with regrets as his side's once promising season edges towards an unimpressive conclusion.
While a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion cemented their ambitions to secure a top four finish, Wenger accepts his side have fallen short of their ambitions in a second when either Leicester or Tottenham will be crowned as Premier League champions.
Official figures for tickets sold put the attendance at 59,563, yet in reality there were far fewer supporters who witnessed Alexis Sanchez score twice in a comfortable victory that moved Arsenal up to third place in the table.
The empty seats at Emirates Stadium (above) for the game highlighted the frustrations of Arsenal fans, with Wenger accepting they are entitled to feel aggrieved after a golden chance to win the title has slipped away.
"We have regrets," stated Wenger. "In recent games, we had two draws when we should have won the games several times, you pay for dropped points like that.
"The quality of our game was as good tonight as it has been in recent games, but we did not always get maximum points for the quality of our performances.
"This was very important for us to win. Now let's try to win the next one (at Sunderland on Sunday). That will be a tough battle, let's prepare well, we have a good chance but it's far from done."
Asked for a message to the fans who opted against attending, Wenger replied: "To come and support the team. If you love football, you go out there and I think you see quality football.
"That's what we try to give to our people. It was a special night as well, Thursday night, and I don't know if you are intelligent enough, nor am I, to detect exactly why everybody that did not turn up tonight did not turn up."
Wenger was also critical of Mesut Ozil's omission from the PFA Premier League team of the year, as he suggested his Germany midfielder was worthy of a place in the line-up that includes Tottenham youngster Dele Alli.
"It’s a surprise to me," he said of Ozil's absence from the team. "It’s the players who vote. I don’t know why they didn’t pick him.
"When you are top of the assists usually that’s a sign of quality which means you should get a place in the top team."