Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his impending exit as Arsenal manager at the end of the season was not his decision.
Wenger will step down after 22 years in charge of the Gunners at the end of the current campaign and is aiming to guide his team to the Europa League final with victory over Atletico Madrid.
The Frenchman insists the timing of his shock announcement was not his call, but refused to go into any further details.
“The timing wasn’t really my decision,” Wenger stated during his pre-match conference on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg clash against Atletico Madrid.
“For the rest, I have spoken about it already.”
Wenger has survived intense pressure in recent years with disgruntled Gunners fans demanding a change, but the Frenchman claims that is just part of the emotional society of today.
“When people are unhappy, it isn’t always a majority,” Wenger added.
“We live in an emotional society where people can express how they feel.”
The former Monaco coach is determined to leave the club on a high by winning the Europa League.
“I want to win and continue to do what I have done my whole life,” he stated.
“The next game is in Europe and then we face United. I want to win those games. Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know.
” I want to do as well as I can. We have been challenged mentally and I have seen my players respond.
“This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them and achieve it with them.
“My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players I have.”