Arsene Wenger exit timeline as Arsenal make enquiries in successor search

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Arsene Wenger says he will be "managing somewhere" next season, but that could be at Arsenal or elsewhere.

The Frenchman's position at the Gunners helm after more than 20 years in charge is under greater scrutiny than ever after a devastating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

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Perhaps with this in mind Arséne Wenger was particularly brusque with the suggestion that his team's ability to break a six-season run of instant elimination from the Champions League knockout stages might be a decisive factor in his own continued tenure as Arsenal coach.

Sanchez's Gunners future has been a matter of intense debate in recent months, with the Chilean said to be unhappy with the club's failure to challenge for major honours during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Pundit and former Arsenal star Ian Wright predicted that Wenger would last the season but not beyond: "I just get the impression in him and looking at him that's it". Cross also noted how 67-year-old Wenger won't assume a role on the Arsenal board.

He added, "If I said March or April, it is because I didn't know". I can't ever say I'd like to see him go; he's nearly my football father. I think he realises, he seems so low.

"I am used to it", he told reporters, according to Sky Sports, ahead of the FA Cup trip to non-league Sutton United.

Strong identity "He built a strong identity in this club, a really good style of football, so I have a lot of respect for his job at Arsenal". As long as you don't win everything, there is always something wrong. In the process, Arsenal has become the first English team to concede 200 goals in the Champions League. We have to deal with that, with the media, and focus on what is our job. It's hard but I also have the strength and experience to respond to that. "That's part of it and you have to accept that".

"Even if I go Arsenal will not win every single match in the future".

"In the last 20 clubs in Europe, only three clubs have played every season in the Champions League - Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid".

"If you look at the history of Arsenal, Arsenal had less Champions League games when I arrived than I had in my career already, and since then we have done a few".

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