Arsene Wenger's last chance to sign off a victor

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Wenger won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002 but lost his way with a succession of sides which promised much but failed to deliver in terms of sustained challenge for the league title over the last 14 years.

"That's why I believe that if Arsenal do get the right man, we will see results on the pitch change very quickly, because if rumours are to be believed, they're not training as hard as the likes of Liverpool or Man City, in respects to the coaching side".

The Gunners are embarking on their search for a replacement for their iconic manager Wenger after the Frenchman confirmed that he will stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The uncertainty over Arsenal's next manager is not necessarily a bad thing in terms of signing players - Arsene Wenger has taken plenty of stick in recent years and a fresh start for the club is likely to be seen as a positive for incoming players.

Speaking ahead of the first leg of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, he told reporters: "I wish that all goes well [for the new man]", he said. People want to know what the future is about, for me that is completely normal. I don't know. I want to do as well as I can. "For the rest, I have spoken about it already". I will continue to work, that is for sure.

Wenger said he would keep working in football beyond this season but did not specify whether he would take another managerial role.

"My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have".

"We need a special performance for that, as Olympique (Marseille) don't only have top players in their squad, but they have also developed extremely well as a team recently", he said.

Arsenal's Ukrainian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Thursday's first leg at the Emirates, while Mohamed Elneny is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle ligament injury.

The competition is Wenger's final chance to lay his hands on European silverware.

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