Arsenal’s long-time manager Arsene Wenger is set to call it a day at the end of the season, but he’s yet to reveal why he chose to announce his plans to leave the club at this stage in the campaign, according to online sportsbook news.
Wenger remains focused on the objective at hand
Despite not willing to reveal at this moment why he picked last week to come out and say that he’s quitting Arsenal once the season is over, Wenger stressed that he remains fully focused on Arsenal’s objectives, and that is winning the remaining the games in the Premier League and helping them possibly clinch the Europe League.
“I will come out on that a bit later,” said the Frenchman, who will have been in charge of Arsenal 22 years at the end of the campaign. “At the moment, for me, it’s important to focus on what matters to people of Arsenal. That means the results of the next games. But not after the game. After the season maybe.”
Wenger also added that he believes in finishing his job well, before departing the club which he took over in 1996 and managed to win 3 Premier League titles and 7 FA Cups, among other trophies, during this period. “What is important is your job and I want to do my job well until the end.”
When asked about whether last week’s news announcement about his retirement was somewhat odd, the 68-year-old replied, “Yes, but I have been in this job for a long, long time and I have gone through very difficult times, so you learn to deal with very difficult situations.”
Wenger is set to leave the Emirates, but at this stage it is unclear whether he will take up other managerial posts somewhere else – perhaps away from England. With his experience at the highest level of football, we can easily see him offered loads of job opportunities in lucrative markets, such as China or the Middle East, or perhaps even a return to Japan – a league that he knows, having managed Nagoya Grampus Eight for one season (1995/96), right before Arsenal.
Arsenal’s chances for the remainder of the season
The Gunners are currently in 6th place on the Premier League table with 57 points, so they have no chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League spots, except if they manage to win the Europa League – this would see them directly qualify for the elite competition. But first, Wenger’s men have to overcome Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals to reach the final, per online sportsbooks in UK.
Wenger could possibly return to former club Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan. (Photo: The18)
Bet on Arsenal with Bet365 Sportsbook for this week’s semi-finals of the Europa League. Arsenal are the favourites for the match with odds of 3/2 (2.50), while a draw between the two sides stands at 12/5 (3.39) and a victory for Diego Simeone’s men are 17/10 (2.70). Since Arsenal will be playing at home for the game, coupled with the news that Wenger will head to the exit at the end of the season, we’re going to back the Gunners to win the first match. But when it comes to the return, that might be a little trickier. However, on aggregate they just might reach the final of the Europa League.
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