The end is near for Arsene Wenger as a manager at the Emirates Stadium. The manager also talks Arsenal missing out on the Champions League next season.
Arsene Wenger has managed the Gunners since October 1996. He served the club for a very long time hence walking out will not be easy but he admits that not all love stories have a happy ending. Wenger’s hope of lifting the Europa League trophy ended on Thursday after losing to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, which will mean fans will once again miss seeing their favorite club in Champions League football next season.
On being asked whether an absence of Champions League football could affect Arsenal’s ability to make signings. “It’s possible yes,” Wenger told Sky Sports “But I think we have enough quality inside the club, and you always find one or two players who are happy to join. Honestly, I don’t know how difficult it will be, and I wish that the club will be successful in having a good transfer market.”
Wenger’s last home game in charge comes against Burnley on Sunday, with Arsenal planning to show their appreciation. Post-match speeches will take place along with a reported guard of honour for the 68-year-old. Asked whether it would be an emotional occasion, Wenger said: “I feel sad because I love this club and what the club represents, and you don’t leave 22 years of your life and just walk away easily.
“I have dealt with difficult situations in my life and I will do it again. I had some time to adjust to do that and get that idea into my head. It’s sad, but all love stories come to an end and they do not always finish well. Most of the time, they don’t finish well!”
Wenger once said he would not play any part in the appointment of his successor, adding: “I will not be involved in that. “My job is not to choose my successor. If someone asks my opinion I will give it, but I think a club works well when everybody does their job.”
Addressing his potential next move after leaving the Arsenal job, he said: “I don’t know. Maybe after three weeks I will think: ‘Come on, don’t be stupid, get back to work. I am completely open at the moment, I don’t know.”
It will be impossible to replace the French manager for the Gunners. Wenger will manage the club for one last time on Sunday against Burnley. No doubt he will be missed. Meanwhile, many clubs will be eyeing on the manager as he departs, especially the likes of PSG, Real Madrid, and clubs from the Chinese Super League.