Arsene Wenger says taking second spot in the Premier League is bittersweet as Arsenal finished the season 10 points behind Leicester.
The Gunners’ 4-0 win over bottom side Aston Villa and Tottenham’s 5-1 defeat to relegated Newcastle on the last day of the season was enough to see them snatch second place in the table at the expense of their great rivals.
A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud and an own goal from Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn wrapped up the win and Wenger was delighted to take second place.
“You have to say Leicester have had an exceptional year,” Wenger said. “It is not only us who is behind Leicester. We have beaten them twice. We are not happy about being second but then there are 18 other teams behind us.
“Our aim was to be first and for a while we believed we could do it. We kept togetherness and we have now not lost for nine games and that mental strength we have in the dressing room got us through that period.
“We are second and we want to be first.
“We don’t start the season and think we want to finish above Tottenham but today we played with the only target we had. Today the aim before the game was to finish second.
“We achieved it, for a while our supporters were not going home very happy and today at least they had some satisfaction.”