Wenger Hints At Arsenal Exit, Dismisses Player Unrest Rumours

Wenger Hints At Arsenal Exit, Dismisses Player Unrest Rumours


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has debunked claims that there is unrest among his players while hinting he could quit the club.


Following Arsenal's 5-1 away loss to Bayern Munich in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League round 16 tie, there were reports of infighting among the players.

But speaking in Friday's press conference ahead of Monday's fifth round FA Cup tie against Sutton, Wenger admitted that the players were frustrated with the result but rubbished talk of unrest.

"No. Not at all. Everybody was deeply disappointed but there was no incident in the dressing room," he said.

Following Arsenal's midweek loss to Bayern, Wenger says attention is now focused on how to bounce back against Sutton.

He added: "It is one of our targets. For us to bounce back after the Bayern defeat, it is very important. It always was in my head, a very important game.

"I have had a team that will start for a week or 10 days. The Bayern defeat won’t influence my selection.

"Everybody will be supporting Sutton. It is the FA Cup."

On uncertainties surrounding his future with Arsenal, Wenger stated that he is sure of handling a team next season no matter what happens.

He said:"I am used to it. I am here for 20 years. In life, it is important to do what is right. I am in a public job and I must accept that. Everybody can have an opinion.

"If I said March/April, it is because I didn’t know. I do not want to comment on my future.

"My future is not important, the team is and Arsenal Football Club. We have to focus on real problems, the way we play football and not my future.

"No matter what happens, I will manage next season. Whether it is here or not, that is for sure.

"I hate defeat, I hate to lose games.
I have a big responsibility at this club. It is difficult to take but I have the strength and experience."

And on fans criticism towards him, Wenger said:"That is an internal debate. Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every game.

"I hope in the future, we can win this trophy (Champions League).
"They had never won the European Cup before I arrived. You have to take that in mind."

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  • I am not an Arsenal fan but I see no reason why Arsene Wenger should leave Arsenal after 20 years. This is a man who has moved Arsenal from boring to entertainment football year in year out. Always in the top 4 of a 20 team EPL, always in the Champions league year in year out. ManU have not been in the top 4 EPL and has not smelt the Champions league for donkey years now. So what the hell with it. It is the fans that are calling for his sack. Arsenal board will not sack him for they know the worth of Arsene Wenger. Juventus, PSG, Barca, France national team, China, Qatar and other top clubs and countries are waiting for the sack and the rush to get him to their club will be more than the gold rush era. Arsenal will be a laughing stock. Arsenal can never maintain their year in year out EPL top 4 position if Arsene Wenger should leave. Never and they will forever regret it. Those calling for his sack should just relax and ponder over what Arsene Wenger has done for Arsenal, young people and the world’s football.