The Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, has dropped a big hint on when he will quit his role as manager of the team.
This comes on the heels of the annual general meeting of shareholders of the club which looked into the French man’s 19-year reign as manager.
After some fans and shareholders vented their frustration at the lack of summer spending and the club’s “embarrassing” results in Europe, Arsene Wenger dropped a big hint that he will quit as Arsenal manager in 2017.
The Gunners boss’s current £8m-a-deal expires at the end of next season and while entertaining questions from irked fans and shareholders, Wenger’s statement suggests he was preparing to leave as he said he wants to leave a legacy for the next manager.
Wenger said: “I am resolute to commit absolutely until the last day of my contract to bring back big success to this club, and leave as well one day in a position where it can do even better when I leave.
“That is for me very important that I leave the club in the shape that the guy who comes after me can do better.
“The responsibility on my shoulders is much bigger. I know what it means for people. I know how sad people are when we don’t do well, I know how sad people are when we lose a game.”
A moment later, an angry fan stood up and shouted his question as he challenged Arsenal on what he branded the “embarrassing” results in the Champions League after the loss to Monaco last season and also against Olympiakos two weeks ago.
While another shareholder questioned why Wenger was still in charge after 19 years while there were several questions about why the club had only spent £10m on Petr Cech in the summer despite having huge cash reserves.
Wenger added: “I agree with you that the performances were not good enough. But we have played over 150 games in Europe. You have picked three performances that were not good enough.
“But if you look at the percentages of games won in Europe you will see Arsenal are in the top five. You speak about Monaco, but they lost against Juventus who went onto the final but they never deserved to lose to Juventus. They deserved to beat Juventus.
“I accept you have to be over-critical when the performances are not good, but look at number of games Arsenal played in Champions League before I arrived and look after, and come back to me.”
“The weight of Champions League income is not as big any more because the broadcasting has gone up and commercial income has gone up and the weight of the income in the Champions League is not as big any more.”
Wenger is set to celebrate his 20th anniversary at the club next year. In his 19 years stay at the club, Arsenal have won the Premier league title on three occasions, the last coming back in 2004.
He has also won six FA Cup trophies and six Community Shield trophies. However, he is yet to win the Champions League.
Rafael Benitez is the 18th different manager at Real Madrid since Wenger took over at Arsenal in 1996.