Arsenal announced on their official website on Friday before noon that their boss Arsene Wenger will leave his position next month, a year before his latest contract is due to expire.
“Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity – that is why I am convinced he has been sacked & not resigned.
“For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract.
“It is a sad situation.”
– Ian Wright pic.twitter.com/tjj4gBNLdC
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) April 21, 2018
The Frenchman has been forced to leave the club by Stan Kroenke after losing the support of the majority shareholder; according to a report.
Arsene’s statement suggested that the decision to quit was purely his own; but The Sun claims that the 68-year-old did not intend to leave this summer.
A lack of support from the biggest shareholder Stan Kroenke is said to be the key reason behind Wenger’s departure ;with Arsenal agreeing to pay him £11m as severance for a clean break.
— Bloomberg (@business) April 21, 2018
The timing of the announcement has been praised by many; giving supporters of not just Arsenal but rival clubs a chance to provide the country’s longest-serving boss a fitting send-off; but the same report suggests that Wenger is frustrated at both the speed and timing of the departure.