Speaking in his Europa League press conference ahead of Arsenal’s massive semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid this Thursday, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the timing of his Emirates exit was beyond his control.
After 22 years at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger shocked the footballing world last week when he suddenly announced that he would be parting company with the Gunners.
Although Wenger would not openly acknowledge the reasons behind his departure, speaking at his press conference on Thursday, he admitted that it was not his decision.
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Despite having a year left on his contract, Wenger will now walk away from Arsenal at the end of the season and, speaking to the media on Thursday, he stated that he will not allow the distraction of his impending exit to influence his work.
“I focus on what I have to do every day.”
“At the moment, I work like ever.”
Asked if he plans to keep working or retire at the end of the season, Wenger stated that ‘for sure’ he will continue to work but, in terms of a potential destination, the 68-year-old was not ready to explain any further ‘at the moment’.
Wenger was also asked for his thoughts on the man who is now listed as the favourite to replace the Frenchman at the Emirates and, although he stated that he did not want to influence the decision, he was willing to admit that he held former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique in high regard.
“I don’t want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.”