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Arsene Wenger admits timing of Arsenal exit was out of his hands

27 April 2018, 12:55 | Nina Perez

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The Gunners confirmed the surprise news with a statement just two days before the Premier League clash at home to West Ham and six before the first leg of the Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid. "It is very different here", he said.

"You will feel sorry for me when I don't work. I am ready. I think we're all doing this job because one day we want to coach the biggest teams in Europe".

Given the double-header is indisputably the most important of Arsenal's season, it seems freakish that the club would choose this point to make the announcement - unless, of course, they timed it precisely for this period, to gee up a disillusioned support right when they need them most. But, at the moment, I work like ever.

"Is there a flawless goodbye?"

Wenger will be hoping his team will rally to his cause in his final few games in charge in order to send Arsenal through to the Europa League final. That is better still. However, his successor was always going to have a tough time living up to his legacy and so it proved with David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal leading the club out of Europe and into boring football. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun.

Asked about bookies' favourite Enrique, Wenger said: "I don't want to influence the next manager, but I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique".

The list of managers linked as possible replacements for Wenger has quickly taken shape, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, former Gunners' captain Patrick Vieira and German coach Ralf Rangnick among the front-runners. I do understand that fans can get frustrated but they forget about yesterday. Wenger's team have uncharacteristically struggled on their travels this season and, remarkably, are the only club in the top four divisions of English football yet to take a league point away from home in 2018.

Former-Chelsea man Diego Costa has been the scourge of Arsene Wenger's side in past meetings and is in contention to start at the Emirates.

Vieira, who previously worked in the youth academy at Manchester City, said: 'It's an honour to be mentioned with Arsenal.

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