Wenger says timing of his Arsenal departure not his decision

26 April, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Wenger says timing of his Arsenal departure not his decision

Pic: ReutersArsenal boss Arsenal Wenger said on Wednesday that the timing of his departure from the Premier League club after almost 22 years in charge was not his decision.

The 68-year-old Frenchman - who guided the Gunners to two domestic doubles and masterminded the 2004 "Invincibles", as well as winning a record seven FA Cups - will hand over the reins to a new manager after this season.

Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone last night distanced himself from any suggestions he could be Wenger's successor, saying he had not spoken to anyone at Arsenal and that he "loves it" at the Madrid club.

It promises to be an intriguing contest in which Wenger is set to start with David Ospina in goal; a surprising move, given the manager played Petr Cech in both legs of the quarter-final against CSKA Moscow.

He also refused to answer rumours of former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique replacing him.

And in separate quotes from the former France worldwide in a different interview with the Times, the 41-year-old revealed that he knew there was talk about his potential appointment as he admitted he was "honoured" to even be part of the discussion.

"The new manager who comes in, if he sees that, recognises that, and brings in the players that can focus and concentrate, all of a sudden you have a defensive unit sorted, and they can go forward and play freely", Wright told Sky Sports. I will continue to work, that is for sure.

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Arsenal's only chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League.

"I honestly don't know what I will do. I don't know. I just want to do as well as I can", said Wenger.

He added: "Is there a flawless goodbye?" Two years ago, we finished second [in the Premier League].

"This group of players deserves something special".

The Spain worldwide always seemed to be able to rile the Arsenal defence and was directly involved in red cards issued to Gabriel and Per Mertesacker during separate clashes between the teams.

Hopes that Wenger's announcement would galvanise the fans' support for the final few weeks were confounded by a subdued atmosphere for last Sunday's 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates.

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