A look at Arsenal’s week in quotes: it’s not easy.
It seems like everyone, including pundits, is convinced that Arsene Wenger’s leaving Arsenal when his contract runs out at the end of the season. Although the 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, there has been something off about this squad for a long time.
Speaking after the loss, Lee Dixon admitted that he reckons the boss thinks it’s time to leave now.
“It saddens me to see him like that, I know what a winner he is. I think he realises, he seems so low. This team is getting no response from him. I’ve never seen him like that before,” he said when talking about Wenger’s post-match interview on Wednesday.
“It’s so obvious that they fight for so long and then they lose inspiration. He owes it to himself to change that. It is he who will pull the rug from under his own turf. I think he thinks it’s time (to go).”
Paul Merson, however, was slightly less sensitive saying, “Of all the embarrassments Arsenal have had, this is the worst,” and going on a pretty extensive rant about the state of club and how Alexis Sanchez is leaving blah blah blah.
Meanwhile, Wenger himself revealed that he’ll make his decision regarding his future in March/April and that he wants to continue managing, even if that’s not at Arsenal.
“No matter what happens, I will manage next season whether that is here or somewhere else,” the Frenchman said.
“You do not stay here for 20 years and walk out after a defeat like that.”
He also said, “Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future. That’s part of it, you have to accept that.
“This club will continue to be in safe hands whether it’s me or someone else”
Meanwhile, Freddie Ljungberg admitted that he’s enjoying coaching the Arsenal u15s, saying:
“I love doing it.
“I’ve been doing it for a while and just to see a kid when you’ve maybe taught him something and he uses it on the pitch and you can see he’s happy about it warms your heart.
“It’s amazing to be a coach for young players.”
Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil’s agent stepped up to defend his client, pointing out how the German is almost always a scapegoat despite the entire Arsenal team underperforming.
“In these games people usually target a player who cost a lot of money and earns a lot of money – that is Mesut. But he can’t be always be the scapegoat. That’s not fair,” Dr Erkut Sogut said.