Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager, said the decision to step down as the club’s manager was not made by him.
Speaking on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League game against Atletico Madrid, Wenger stated that he has had a life full of difficult experiences and his resignation from the club was one of them.
“The timing was not really my decision. And for the rest I’ve spoken about it already”, Wenger said in response to a question on why he is resigning, despite having a contract till 2019.
The Frenchman did not elaborate on the statement, but it is a further indication that Wenger would have preferred to see out the final year of his deal.
On how he felt resigning, he said, “Until now, I had a life that was full of different experiences. Some were very difficult to deal with, but I always did it. That’s another one certainly I will face one day.”
The Arsenal manager also disclosed that he would continue to work in football after he leaves the London club. However, he stated that he would not contemplate on any offers for now as his focus is to ensure Arsenal finish the season strongly.
Wenger said, “Honestly, I don’t know what I will do. Will I take a little rest? I will continue to work, that is for sure. My pride has always been to give my best to where I’m employed until the last day of my contract.
“At the moment I’m just focused on that. At the moment, I’m not ready to commit to anything else than to give my best for Arsenal football club.”
Wenger announced last Friday that he will end his reign as Arsenal manager after his 22nd season in charge. He said after Sunday’s win over West Ham that the “hurtful” divisions among fans about his future had contributed to his decision.