By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger admits this season has been his hardest since he joined the Club in 1996.

The Arsenal manager has overseen a season full of promise, during which his side was fighting on four fronts, but it is ultimately set to end in disappointment.

Carling Cup Final heartache was followed by an exit from the FA Cup at Old Trafford while Barcelona proved too strong over two legs in the Champions League.

Arsenal looked set to push for Premier League honours but just one win in five during April has seen their challenge fade.

“It is certainly the year when I have worked the hardest,” said Wenger. “Every year has been tough but for the team it has been the toughest.

“Over the last five years this has been the highest quality we have produced. We have nothing to be ashamed of [in] our performance.

“We have not lost against a low level team. So I give this team a lot of credit. We have battled on all fronts and we have produced quality. We just couldn’t finish the job.”

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30 Apr 2011