Gunners boss Arsene Wenger pretty much got used to feeling pressure at Arsenal, but the summer behind almost turned out to be lethal for the French tactician.
With Arsenal failing to secure Champions League football for the first time during his two-decade reign at the north London club, Frenchman was thought to be heading towards the exit door after 21 years in charge.
Following months of intense debate and questions regarding his future, Wenger ended up signing a two-year extension to his contract in May. The 67-year-old manager, however, reveals it was not an easy decision, adding he almost quit the club.
“Yes, I hesitated to extend for personal reasons,” Wenger was quoted telling the French television station Telefoot.
Wenger adds he was wondering whether he should continue to lead the club as the Gunners ‘went quite badly’ during the season.
“I’ve been there for so long that you always wonder, can you still take the team to the next level?” he continued.
Arsenal came in fifth in the Premier League last season which was, as mentioned above, the first time Gunners finished outside the top 4 since 1996. The north London side managed to restore some pride by beating Chelsea to the FA Cup glory, but the fans are far from being happy and content.
Much to their current disappointment, Arsenal went off to a disappointing start of the new domestic campaign.
The Gunners raised the curtain with a 4-3 victory over Leicester at home, before losing 1-0 at Stoke and 4-0 at Liverpool. The Anfield drubbing came as a huge blow to the squad and fans alike, who once again turned up the heat on their manager.
Wenger is a hot topic with the bookies as well who are already offering odds for the next Arsenal manager. Diego Simeone and Thomas Tuchel are the two main favourites available at 4/1 betting odds.
“This year we won our first game, we weren’t as good in the second match and then we had a catastrophic performance. But now we have to recover and, as always in a time of crisis, you have to win your next game.” Wenger insists.
The Gunners supporters are disappointed, however, by the lack of transfer activity and do not believe this season will get any different to the last one.
Arsenal brought Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke and Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, but failed in their deadline day Thomas Lemar bid. Wenger confirmed he lodged in a fee in the region of £90 million but the player decided to remain at Monaco.
Interestingly enough, Arsene Wenger was asked a series of Yes or No questions by Telefoot which offered some interesting insight.
Asked if he could ever coach another club and if he had contact with PSG, Arsene Wenger offered an affirmative response.