Saturday, 21 April 2018

Arsenal Board Forced Arsene Wenger To Step Down As Manager

Arsene Wenger is upset with Arsenal's hierarchy for forcing him to resign as the club's boss, according to reports from UK.
After 22 seasons with Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger finally announced that he’ll be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign on Friday.

UK paper The Times says he was “upset” at the manner of his departure, and only made yesterday’s announcement he would be leaving because it was clear the Gunners board would sack him if he didn’t. If it had truly been up to Wenger, the paper says he would have stayed for another season at least.

And according to another UK paper Daily Mail, Wenger decided to step down as Arsenal boss after it was made clear to him that he would not be in charge next season.

The 68-year-old, who has won three English Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his spell in north London, has been well aware of the lack of support from the  club’s hierarchy in recent weeks but held on to the hope that winning the Europa League would enable him at least to see out the final 12 months of his contract.

It became clear this week he was fighting a losing battle. Wenger reportedly accepted his fate on Wednesday, informing Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis of his decision.

Gazidis informed his fellow board members the following day.  Wenger arrived at the club’s London Colney HQ at around 8am on Friday before calling his backroom team into a 9am meeting, where the manager informed his staff.

His backroom team were shocked by the news. Wenger called the players into a meeting room just before 10am where he broke the news to his squad.

The club officially confirmed Wenger’s departure at the team meeting.

Wenger is said to have been visibly emotional as he addressed his players and, speaking of the Europa League, told them: ‘Let’s win this trophy.’

After Wenger’s speech, club captain Per Mertesacker spoke to the players. The squad have since made a pact, even exchanging text messages, to ensure they do all they can to ensure Wenger goes out on high. 

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