Arsene Wenger, in an interview with L’Equipe magazine, has hinted that this may be his final season in charge of Arsenal.
Asked if the project he has put in place was a long-term one, Wenger replied, “No. For me we’re now talking short term, it’s obvious. But whether it’s with me or someone else, it changes nothing. My successor needs foundations on which he can be successful”.
He spoke about the departures of Nasri and Fabregas, saying it was ‘hard to take’ that players of 24 wanted to the leave club. “For first time I lost young players, who were reaching maturity. I suffered. It’s painful to lose key men you’d invested a lot in”, he said, and spoke suggested that bad results last season ‘broke the squad. They could have been extraodinary. I often call it ‘the season of the last minute'”.
When asked if he would be in charge of Arsenal next season, said, “We’ll look at things at the end of this one”.
Wenger’s contract runs until 2014 but clearly he’s considering his future very carefully. The knock-on effects of his departure might also worry Arsenal fans. This week Robin van Persie lauded the Frenchman for the impact he’s had on his career and with just 12 months of his current deal left the departure of Wenger could influence the decision he has to make about his future.
The front cover of the L’Equipe magazine is below and the caption reads, ‘What is hard is the feeling that something is finishing’.
Translation via @Matt Spiro