The Truth Behind Wenger's Arsenal Exit Revealed?
The Truth Behind Arsene Wenger's Arsenal Exit Revealed?
Last week, Arsene Wenger announced he will be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, but there could be more to his departure than what has been said in public.
On Friday it was confirmed that the Frenchman would be leaving the Gunners at the end of the campaign after 22 years in charge, making him the second longest-serving manager in Premier League history.
Wenger, who still had another year left on his contract, said in a statement that he had come to a decision to move on after discussions with the board, but according to The Sun, there is a lot more to the story than what has been said.
The publication has claimed that Wenger did not want to leave the club at the end of the season, and is unhappy with the speed and timing of the announcement.
It is believed that, because of the Frenchman's reluctance to leave, the club was forced to pay out the final year of his annual salary in full, believed to be about £11 million (R188 million).
Owner Stan Kroenke reportedly made the decision to ask Wenger to leave in order to appease supporters who have voiced their frustrations all season.
The club apparently also hopes the announcement will give the players extra motivation to perform against Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
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