However you look at it, this season has been Arsenal’s worst ever in the 22 years of Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager, but there were very few people that would have thought that Stan Kroenke and the Board would have disrespected Le Prof by not letting him run out his contract until the end of next season.
Wenger himself has always maintained that he would never walk away from a contract, so that would make it appear that the Frenchman has really been forced out by the Arsenal hierarchy despite the glowing tributes from Gazidis and Kroenke. Ian Wright certainly thinks so. “Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity – that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned,” Wright told The Sun.
“For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract.
“It is a sad situation that it’s come to this and I don’t suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other.
“One day he is doing a news conference with no hint of this, the next he’s gone. It doesn’t add up.
“But Arsene can go with his head high. That’s why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much.”
What I personally think is that Wenger persuaded the Board to give him one more year to prove that he could get the Gunners back into the Top Four, but was given a two year contract publicly to stop the endless protests that he endured last season, but with the proviso that he stood down if he didn’t make that goal.
So I don’t believe he was sacked, but the agreement was reached last summer with certain goals.
What do you think?