By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger blames himself for what he regards as his most frustrating season as Arsenal manager since the Club last won silverware in 2005.
By the end of February the Frenchman had guided his squad into a position to challenge for four trophies but one by one they fell by the wayside. A dramatic Carling Cup Final defeat to Birmingham was followed by further cup exits at Barcelona and Manchester United before Arsenal's title bid effectively ended last weekend at Bolton.
Wenger will finish the campaign empty-handed but he believes Arsenal are closer than ever to success.
"Yes [it has been frustrating] because if you look at all the numbers, it is the closest we have been," he said.
"Just look at the last week, we could have had nine points quite easily against Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton and in the end we finished with two points.
"We feel more frustrated than ever because we are closer than ever to winning this league. Of all the trophies, the most important above all for me is the league and this year we had the quality to win it.
"The unfortunate thing is that there are plenty of moments to look back at with regret. We missed many opportunities.
"The players gave everything and I am responsible for the results so if there is someone to blame, it's me. I have to stand up for the results and the way that we play and the way that we behave, and that has not changed since last Sunday."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source