Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger says, “hatred” from fans is nothing personal.
The Gunners lost six games in a row in all competitions, prior to Thursday’s Europa League victory over AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Wenger admits he has been in “disastrous shape” during the run, which has seen them fall 13 points behind rivals Tottenham in fourth place heading into Sunday’s game against Watford.
Supporters and pundits have asked Wenger to step down from his role as manager, but the Frenchman insists it is nothing personal.
“It’s not the person they hate, they hate the manager who doesn’t deliver the performance,” Wenger told Sky Sports News.
“I can make that difference.
“But I’m just unhappy that we lose the games. I want to win, win with style even, so it’s very ambitious. When we don’t do it of course I’m suffering like everyone else.
“Arsenal is 30 million people, it’s not the suffering of one person, you want to make 30 million people happy and that’s what you care about.”
Asked about a lack of sleep, Wenger added: “It’s part of the job. It is surviving disappointments and finding solutions, it can make you a better manager to face crisis.”