Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from Arsenal "was not really my decision," effectively confirming he was forced out of the English club he has managed for more than 21 years.
The 68-year-old Frenchman announced last week that he would be quitting at the end of the season, saying he felt it was the right time to step down following discussions with the club's board.
Asked Wednesday why he was leaving a year before his contract ended, Wenger said "the timing was not really my decision."
Arsenal have felt the wrath of the fans after since last season as they couldn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League after 16 years. This year has been no better unless he leads the team to clinch the Europa League, which will give them a spot in the UCL.
In recent times, Wenger's Gunners have not won an away game in 2018 which led to the board making strict decisions. After 22 years of loyal and dedicated service, it is time to end off on a high than adding more fuel to the fire.
Wenger said he is not planning to retire but that "honestly I don't know what I will do."
Wenger added that he will not commit to another job while employed by Arsenal, and would not be helping the club in its search for a new manager. However, as reports suggest, Wenger wants Arsenal's former player who helped him to achieve club glory, Patrick Viera wants him to take over once the Frenchman bids adieu.