In an announcement that completely split the Arsenal fans into two sets of opinions, Arsene Wenger indicated that his time in North London might be coming to an end, sooner than we all expected.
The Frenchman answered questions from fans and shareholders at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the club and hinted at his possible retirement on Thursday.
Wengera s current contract keeps him at the club till the end of the 2016/17 season, which means the ongoing season could be his second last. Faced with a tirade of questions about Arsenala s failure to win many trophies in the last decade or so, Wenger said:
a I am resolute to commit absolutely until the last day of my contract to bring back big success to this club, and leave as well one day in a position where it can do even better when I leave.
a The responsibility on my shoulders is much bigger. I know what it means for people. I know how sad people are when we dona t do well, I know how sad people are when we lose a game,a he continued.
If Wenger does part ways with Arsenal in 2017, he would have spent more than two decades at the club. Wenger currently earns around A?8 million per year from his current contract with Arsenal.
This announcement by the Frenchman pushed the Arsenal fans into a frenzy on twitter, with many of them voicing their highly polarized opinion.
Here are some tweets in support of Wenger.
Sir Alex says there is no one better to replace Arsene Wenger @piersmorgan ???
a David Musikanth (@davidmusikanth) October 11, 2015
3 But Arsene Wenger’s remarkable achievements will probably only be truly appreciated after he’s gone. a John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 16, 2015
a Mike Willder (@MikeWillder) October 16, 2015
If Arsene Wenger did retire im gonna cry myself to sleep every night! How the man recieves so much abuse is beyond me a Dan (@DanLikesMerch) October 15, 2015
Meanwhile, others were more than content about the prospect of Wenger leaving — most notable amongst these was Piers Morgan.
Sir Alex Ferguson has won 5 Premier League titles & been retired for 2yrs since Arsene Wenger last won the PL. a Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 11, 2015
After we lose out out on Benzema Wenger announces Welbeck is injured, after we lose out on Klopp Wenger announces he’s retiring #WengerOut
a thuggy the Arsenal (@KYEkye45) October 16, 2015