Wenger: I contemplated leaving Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he came close to calling an end to his 20 year reign as Arsenal boss last summer.
The Frenchman cited personal reasons with the clubs poor form being the factors that nearly swayed him to call quits at Arsenal. Instead Wenger signed a two year contract extension in May after his team beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup.
The FA Cup win was a high point in an otherwise tough season. Arsenal finished 5th and missed out on a champions league place for the first time in two decades. In the run up to the 2016/17 season Wenger was repeatedly asked whether he would be signing a new contract to stay on at Arsenal but the French man was repeatedly ambiguous in his answers keeping everyone waiting to find out.
In an interview with Telefoot Wenger disclosed that he was close to leaving, the French man said:
“Yes, I hesitated over signing an extension for personal reasons,” Wenger said to Telefoot.
“I have been here for 20 years and you wonder all the time, can you still take the team to the next level? You wonder if you should go on managing the club, also because last season we struggled a lot.”
Now after only 3 games into the new season Wenger may well be wondering whether he made the right decision to continue after losing two of the first three matches leading to a tirade of former players and supporters voicing their frustrations about his running of the club.