Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal At The End Of Season

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave the Club Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenegr said in a statement.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

“My love and support for ever.”

 

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Wenger Signs Two-Year Contract With Arsenal

Against the rumour and popular belief that Arsene Wenger may resign as manager from Arsenal Football Club, the Coach has rather signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.

Wenger, who finished the season with a FA league was due to end his contract at the conclusion of the current season.

“I’m happy and excited. Happy because I can work where I love to be. As well because this club cherishes the values I love.

“I’m excited because I believe that our end of season is a big springboard to go for more. We have created a dynamic that is very positive and we want to build on that and transfer that positive end of season [form] to the new season,” Wenger said after signing the new deal.

The Gunners came a disappointing fifth in the Premier League this season, their first since the 67-year-old took over at the club in 1996.

 

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Wenger Admits Uncertainty Over Future At Arsenal

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has admitted uncertainty over his future as the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Arsenal ended this season’s league with a 3-1 home win over Everton on Sunday, but Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough oust Arsenal out of the top four.

“It is annoying (to miss out on the Champions League), but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation,” he said.

“We were playing in a hostile environment. The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that,” Wenger said.

While Wenger accepted the uncertainty about his future had been counter-productive, he said his commitment to Arsenal could not be questioned.

“I was focused on my job. I am professional,” said the Frenchman, who has been in place since September 1996.

“I love this club enough to do my best every single day. One thing you cannot question is my love for this club. I’ve turned down every club in the world to stay here.”

Arsenal will be playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

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‘Rich’ Fans Don’t Influence Me, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger dismissed protests from Arsenal fans seeking his removal as manager and called on his players to focus instead on the club’s push for Champions League football next season.

An emphatic 4-1 win at Stoke kept the Gunners in contention for a top four finish and a 21st consecutive season of elite European football.

But while Wenger’s name was sung out heartily by supporters inside Stoke’s stadium early in the game a plane flew overhead carrying a banner calling for the Frenchman not to return next season.

“When you say fans, who do you mean? The rich ones?” said Wenger when asked for his reaction.

“Look, I am paid to do my job for the club I love and I will do that as long as I’m here with full commitment. I’m not influenced by that at all, all I do is give my best.

“We have 69 points today so let’s make 72 on Tuesday and after that I will give my best for as long as I’m here for the values of this club and for the club.

“I want to focus on football and the rest is less important. I’m not in politics. I’m in sport, I love sport and give my 24 hours a day for what I love. I am in a public job, some agree with me, some not.”

Earlier in the day, reports in France had even suggested that Wenger has already agreed a one-year deal to remain in charge at the Emirates, but the 67-year-old refused to confirm or deny the claim.

“There’s no information about that,” said Wenger. “Nothing.”

Arsenal’s fifth win in six games lifted them to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool although Wenger insisted he was only focused on Tuesday’s meeting with Sunderland and the final game of the season against Everton.

“We have 69 points tonight so we have come through a difficult period in March,” said Wenger.

“At the moment we have consistency and let’s finish well. We have a big game on Tuesday, we play every three days.

“I don’t think like that about our chances. I think let’s do our job and go to 72 on Tuesday and focus to win the game. Sunderland have nothing to lose.”

Guardian

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