Wenger: timing of Arsenal departure not my decision

Wenger: timing of Arsenal departure not my decision

Wenger: timing of Arsenal departure not my decision

"I have lots of respect for him".

"No, because I was not exhausted".

When asked if the Frenchman will still be coveted by European clubs, fellow pundit Craig Bellamy added: "I believe so". I don't know. I want to do as well as I can.

Wenger won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002 but lost his way with a succession of sides which promised much but failed to deliver in terms of sustained challenge for the league title over the last 14 years.

"I think it is hard with the way he has been treated", Vieira said.

Departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger "pulled the rug from underneath Ivan Gazidis". It might have been a slip of the tongue but he did say that.

While Atletico have emerged as a European force in recent years, winning the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and reaching the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016, Arsenal's power has diminished.

Simeone has been handed a fitness boost from striker Diego Costa, who features in the Atleti squad after returning from a hamstring problem. I am always going to have a deeper relationship with Arsenal. Wenger will need to buck the trend to get past Atletico. "We made possible the impossible once but it is clear that it will not happen every year". Finishing outside the top four for the first time last season opened a lot of eyes. "We live in an emotional society where people can express how they feel". Sir Alex Ferguson had to leave one day, Pep Guardiola left Barcelona.

Wenger made it plain he meant to seek another job in management - "I will continue to work, that's for sure" - but he suggested he might need a period of reflection. Probably not, just because for 22 years he hasn't. Like Wenger, he has brought stability, but in a club where previously there was none.

"Since I arrived in Madrid the team has improved a great deal". I think he's still got the energy, love and passion to stay in the game.

Ahead of a huge tie for Arsenal and their departing manager, we take a look at some of the factors which could decide it. The likes of Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti have all been mentioned, while Gunners legends including Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry have also been touted. But there are many players who had qualities. "Will I take a little rest?" In our job - you can look around - that doesn't exist. "That's the most important thing".

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