Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced yesterday that he will step down as the Gunners coach at the end of the season after a 22 year association with the North London club.
In the aftermath of this news the Frenchman has quite rightly received a huge amount of glowing tributes for the immense impact he has had on the Premier League since arriving on these shores in 1996.
However a report in the Guardian suggests that the reason Wenger decided to call time on his career at the Emirates was due to the ”very real threat,” of being sacked at the end of the season.
During recent meetings Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis expressed concerns that results on the pitch had failed to improve since Wenger signed his new two year contract at the end of last season.
The Gunners hierarchy are also said to be dismayed by the huge amount of empty seats at the stadium recently and the dwindling demand for season tickets for next campaign.
It now seems that Wenger decided to walk before he was pushed out the door at the Emirates. Further reports emerging today also suggest that the 68-year-old will not retire once he leaves his current position and is open to job offers.