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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits to have contemplated exit

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed in a recent interview with French TV station Telefoot that he had considered quitting the Gunners at the end of last season after successfully winning the FA cup trophy.

Arsene has been with Arsenal for more than 20 years now and has experienced tremendous success with the North London club during his time at the club so far.

Towards the early 2000s, Wenger led Arsenal to an impressive spell of dominance in English football, during which time the Gunners won the double and also finish as the finalist in the Champions League.

Arsene’s greatest achievement however, was leading the wonderful Invincibles era at Arsenal, where the North London giants sensationally went the whole 2003/04 season undefeated in the Premier League.

However, the experienced manager has failed to replicate such success over the past few years and his recent Arsenal sides have endured a lot of struggle in the Premier League.

Last season, Arsenal finished in 5th position – which was the lowest league finish under the tutelage of Wenger and consequently, the Frenchman’s side failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in over 20 years.

Following the poor season last term, many pundits as well as fans believed that it was the best time for Wenger to leave the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal finishing on a high by winning the FA cup with a victory over rivals Chelsea was certainly seen a good opportunity for the 67-year-old to depart on a positive note.

However, the Frenchman signed a new 2 years extension with the club instead and recently became the longest serving manager in the Premier League.

Now Wenger has admitted that he hesitated about penning a new deal with Arsenal but decided to do so anyway as he did not want to manage another club. The veteran told French TV station Telefoot : “Yes I hesitated about signing a new contract for personal reasons.

“I have been at Arsenal for 20 years and I ask myself all the time if I should continue to run the club. And also because we struggled a lot last season. Coaching a different club would be possible.”

“Despite everything the team has real potential and we must recover as always in times of crisis and we must win the next game. Can Arsenal win the league this season? It’s possible.”

Arsenal have endured a disappointing start to the season after winning only a single game in their first three fixtures and the Gunners will have to improve the performances to make sure they get back on track, especially following the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool last weekend.

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