June 27, 2013 14:42
Wenger confirms retirement
Following his announcement of his retirement on 21 April, 2013, Arsene Wenger - manager of seventeen years - has officially left the club.
Arsene Wenger announced his retirement on the 21st of April this year, the same day Arsenal drew 1-1 away at Sunderland to confirm fourth place, and has today left the club to begin his retirement. He has collected his items and has said his goodbyes to the staff members, such as good friend and scout Daniel Karbasiyoon, and players.
However, Arsene has refused to rule out the possibility that he will continue as a board member or coach.
'Yes, it is a possibility. I'm not sure at the moment, but I have only retired as a manager, and so I am still eligible to become a coach or board member. We'll see'.
Arsene stopped for one last interview with Arsenal.com.
Q = Question
AW = Arsene Wenger
Q= Alex Ferguson retired this season too, and United have questionably appointed David Moyes as their new manager. Do you think your successor will be more proven and reliable? - Steve Thom, 46
AW= I'm not sure to be honest. I met with the board last Tuesday to discuss potential replacements. Many names were thrown up, from World Cup winning managers to former players who have just retired with virtually nil experience. I can't tell you anything at the moment because it could be anyone.
Q= What was your favourite, and least favourite, result as manager?- Jamie Kheown, 12
AW= My favourite was maybe when we beat Villareal away 1-0 after we had a goalless draw in the first leg to put us in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. There are also so many other unforgettable memories - like 2-1 at home to a then-unbeatable Barcelona and the thrashing to Inter Milan at the San Siro. My least favourite was maybe the 2011 League Cup final. Another disappointing result was when we beat AC Milan 3-0 at home, after losing 4-0 away in the first leg. We were three-nil up at half time and Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie were playing brilliantly so I thought we'd maybe just about do it. I was shocked and heartbroken when the final whistle blew and we just weren't able to nick that goal.
Q= Who was your favourite signing?- Calum Narroway, 25
AW= Probably somebody like Fabregas or Lauren, when you spot something nobody else does and they turn into first team startest. Vieira was another like that. It's a great feeling when you sign somebody and immediately people question you because they don't know the player, and then they play brilliantly. If I had to pick one I'd say Lauren.
Arsenal will immediately begin their search for a new manager.
Everyone at Arsenal football club would like to wish Arsene all the best for the future - and thank him for all his years at the club that have cemented his place as a true Arsenal legend.