At this afternoon’s press conference Arsene Wenger appeared to suggest that he did not control the timing of the announcement that he will leave Arsenal this summer.
Asked by a German reporter at his pre-Atletico Madrid press conference why he’d decided to call it quits when his contract has a year to run, he replied: “The timing was not really my decision. For the rest, I’ve spoken about it already.”
This evening, Wenger has released a statement clarifying his comments.
“After reaching agreement about my departure, I was happy for the club to decide when to announce. I wish to make it clear the timing of the announcement was right.”
The boss has issued the following statement:
“After reaching agreement about my departure, I was happy for the club to decide when to announce. I wish to make it clear the timing of the announcement was right.” pic.twitter.com/cN3inDnbn0
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 25, 2018
Why has he felt it necessary to make such a statement? We’re not so sure. Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue at the time. Or maybe there’s some kind of agreement with the club not to talk about the details of his departure for the time being. Who knows?
Watching the press conference at the time, he was in a very relaxed mood, making several quips as he sat alongside Danny Welbeck and fielded questions from a continental audience.
Perhaps we’ll find out when the boss writes that book he’s so often teased us with.