Wenger admits “half the team wanted to leave” in summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that half of his squad wanted to leave during the summer.

Speaking before the Champions League match with Marseille, Wenger admitted that there was discontent among his players, telling French radio station RTL: “This summer was the most agitated I’ve ever known. I had half the players in the dressing room who wanted to leave. You prepare a season, you go to Asia, we don’t know who’s coming, the players who are still there are asking themselves what is happening and if an earthquake is hitting the club. It’s extraordinarily difficult. What saved us is that we are a club that are extremely solid and united. Other clubs would surely have gone to pieces in those circumstances.”

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