Arsenal made last week Friday announced that Arsène Wenger after this season leave the club, but according to the 68-year-old Frenchman, that was not his own decision.
British media were last week reporting that Wenger is under pressure from the Arsenal-the leadership would have decided after 22 years to stop in London and the langszittende Premier League manager ever seems to be that now also to confirm.
“The time to leave was not really my decision,” said Wenger on Wednesday at his press conference for the Europa League match with Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the semi-finals.
Wenger won since his arrival in 1996, three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups with Arsenal, but in recent years continued to the desired results.
The ‘Gunners’ hooked every season, early in the title and also in the Champions League were not successes. Although Wenger his contract in 2017 two year extension, after this season to demand an end to the cooperation.
Despite the many commotion surrounding his person, has Wenger little effort to concentrate fully on Arsenal. “I focus on what I need to do. At this moment I do my work as I always have done.”
His team is in the final weeks of the season still in the race for the Europa League to win, and thus directly for the Champions League places. Arsenal plays Thursday the heenwedstrijd against Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.
“This group of players deserves something special, and I want to help them achieve,” said Wenger. “If there is a perfect farewell? I don’t know, but I would be really pleased as I with this, players can successfully achieve.”
The heenduel between Arsenal and Atletico in the Emirates Stadium starts Thursday at 21.05 hours. The return in Madrid a week later on the program. The other match in the semi-final between Olympique Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg.