By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has urged his critics to put Arsenal's trophyless season in perspective.
The Frenchman guided his team to the last four of the Champions League and the FA Cup this term and secured a top-four finish in the Premier League, thanks largely to a 21-match unbeaten run from November to May.
However, Wenger and his players have been condemned since their quest for silverware ended so abruptly at the hands of Manchester United and Chelsea. A record League defeat at Emirates Stadium - also against Chelsea - provoked more harsh words, not least when Wenger faced Arsenal shareholders at a Q&A on Thursday evening.
The manager accepts that his team has fallen short this season. However, he insists that it's no shame to struggle against a side of United's calibre - and a club of their resources.
“When you look now at people assessing the situations of the clubs, it has become ridiculous in fairness," said Wenger.
"You sit here, you are in the last four in Europe, and every day, you feel you have killed someone. It is unbelievable.
"If you do not take a distance with it, you think 'what kind of world do we live in?'
“We lose against Man United who have 10 times more resources, it's not a shame, they are the best in the world, congratulations to them.
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