- Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year reign as Arsenal manager to an end at the end of this season
- The Gunners will face Atletico Madrid in the semi final stage of the Europa League clash on Thursday
- However, he has tacitly disclosed he was sacked by the north London club as against information saying his resignation was on mutual agreement basis
Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was forced to resign by the executives of north London club.
The Frenchman will see his 22-year reign as the Gunners boss come to an end this summer after announcing his departure from the club last week.
Wenger claims his decision to leave the club wasn’t mutual unlike the statement the club released after he announced he will quit his position next month.
The 68-year-old has one more year left on his current contract with the club, while he has a chance of winning an European title for the first time this season.
Arsenal host Atletico Madrid on Thursday, April 26, at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their Europa League semi finals clash, and the tactician says his departure this term isn’t his decision.
He said: "The timing was not my decision. The rest I have spoken about it already."
According to Sunsport, Wenger was forced out of the club after chief executive Ivan Gazidis won his power battle against the rest of the board members to achieve his aim.
However, the outgoing manager is desperate to finish his career with the club on a high by delivering his first European trophy.
He added that his players deserve to win a title at the end of the season, saying his players have winning mentality.
He added: "Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can. This team, it is quality. I have seen these guys challenged mentally, always respond in the right way.
"This group of players deserve something special. I want to do it for them, to achieve something for them.
"My biggest satisfaction would be to do it with this group of players. I have seen what they have done this season, if we did win it, they would deserve it."
Wenger remains the only coach to have gone all through a league season unbeaten, while he won three Premier League titles.
He won seven FA Cups in his reign at the club, and should he win the Europa League title at the end of the season, he would have recorded his first European title in his career.
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