Unai Emery said he would have loved to achieve better results as Arsenal coach after being sacked on Friday.
“It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach,” Emery said in a letter to Arsenal fans.
“To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal.
“To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game, I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you.”
“Not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club,”
“It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones,”
“I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.” He added.
Emery replaced Arsene Wenger on May 2018 and lost his job on Friday after Arsenal’s decision “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.
Arsenal finished fifth in Emery’s first season as head coach of the club.
According to BBC Sports, the Gunners spent more than £130m in the summer after signing winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back David Luiz, left-back Kieran Tierney, striker Gabriel Martinelli and defender William Saliba, who will join next summer, while also bringing in midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
But even these huge signings didn’t help as the club witnessed the worst run of form in eight winless games since February 1992 putting Emery under increased pressure.
The last straw was Thursday’s Europa League 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s last Premier League victory was a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.