Wenger offers clarity over timing of Arsenal exit announcement

'The timing wasn't really my decision' - Arsene Wenger opens up on surprise departure announcement

Will I take a little rest?

The Frenchman did not elaborate on the statement but it's a further indication that Wenger would have preferred to see out the final year of his deal.

And while Wenger admits he has not given much thought to his future, he made it clear that retirement is not in his plans.

Now Wenger has admitted that he was pushed into making the announcement, as he spoke to the media ahead of Thursday's Europa League game against Atletico Madrid.

Given their home record, Arsenal must take full advantage of their first leg in North London this week but if they do, there is little reason why they can not begin to dream of a final appearance next month.

"Some people can make the difference between moments of unhappiness and global satisfaction for what I brought to the club".

"Some were very hard to deal with, but I always did it". I try to observe, learn and admire (his work). "At the moment I'm not ready to commit to anything else". "Look, you're never sure you do the right thing, but life is interesting because you have to deal with different kinds of situations", Wenger responded.

"But in the end I respect him a lot, I tried to show that in the past couple of years there were no more problems at a different stage of my career with a different profile".

"We are both coaches and it is very hard to stay at this level as you're always competing and putting yourself on the line".

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This should be the driving force as the north London side face one of Europe's most engaging teams in a match that could easily have passed for a final.

Former Gunners captain Vieira is now manager of MLS side New York City FC, while Bergkamp was assistant coach at former club Ajax before leaving in 2017.

"It would really feel like an anti-climax of course".

"Is there a flawless goodbye?"

He also stressed that he is not at all surprised by the speculation over the man who will succeed him as it is normal for Arsenal fans to want to know what is in store for the future.

Wenger also enjoyed great success in his first decade in charge of Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles.

"Going into a semifinal in a European competition, you don't need any extra incentive to win the game." he said.

Diego Simeone's side returned from their Europa Cup second leg with a 3-0 win against Levante in the Spanish La Liga but was blown away by Real Sociedad in their second game courtesy of a 3-0 walloping.

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