Arsene Wenger suggests Arsenal departure timing 'not my decision'

Ruben Hill
April 26, 2018

The timing of the announcement came as a surprise with the Gunners still fighting to finish as high up in the Premier League as they can and with a Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid on the horizon.

"I wish that all goes well [for the new man]", he said.

"I think it is hard with the way he's been treated. So my target is to play in Europe again". The signings of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, along with the extension of Mesut Ozil's contract and the departure of Alexis Sanchez, saw the club revitalise their attack in six very furious months, forming what is going to be their attacking nexus for the next few seasons.

"Nobody has taken on Manchester United from the dug-out as many times as the 68-year-old and he will always be intrinsically linked to our story, particularly around those classic contests which had bite and passion".

"It's long [taking a year out] - 365 days".

Sol Campbell, another Invincibles icon, tipped Vieira and ex-Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp to team up in a coaching capacity at the North London club, with Wenger expected to take another elite European role or a top job in Asia. "I had no break for 35 years". The FA Cups have obviously been fantastic and you can't belittle them, but in terms of the league and Champions League we haven't looked anywhere near competing let alone winning. I don't know now how addicted I am. Previous spells at Celta Vigo and Roma were also underwhelming, and it remains to be seen how successful a boss Enrique would be without some of the world's best players at his disposal. I will see how much I miss that gun.

Simeone and Wenger will pit their wits against one another in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday, and the Argentinian was asked if the Gunners had been in touch about taking over from the Frenchman when he leaves at the end of the season. "But you have as well to be realistic, we were in the Champions League final".

Arsenal will play host to Atletico Madrid in a two-leg semifinal clash that will either provide Arsene Wenger with one last opportunity to cement his legacy or tragically shut on his Arsenal career. So you have to be conscious of that as well.

Arsene has been there for 22 years but how many times did he have the opportunity to go to coach bigger names than Arsenal yet never did because his priority was Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger's comments in the Daily Telegraph may just rule him out of the Everton job.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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