Exclusive: Arsene Wenger Set to Quit as Arsenal Manager

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Veteran boss ready to leave the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsene Wenger is ready to call time on his 18 year spell as Arsenal manager following his side’s humiliating 6-0 defeat to rivals Chelsea.

CaughtOffside understands that the 64 year old boss is considering his future and is prepared to walk away from the North London club when his current contract expires this summer.

Wenger had planned to delay any decision on his future until the end of the current campaign, perhaps in the hope that the securing of major silverware would help usher in a fresh chapter in his reign in charge of the club he has managed since 1996.

However Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge has hit the buffers and even an FA Cup triumph may not be enough to convince Wenger to tie himself down to Arsenal any longer.

Wenger is said to have been shaken by his side’s embarrassing defeat at Stamford Bridge, his 1000th game as Gunners boss, and failed to attend the post-match press conference.

Arsenal have gone eight seasons without securing silverware and Wenger has come under increasing pressure and a significant portion of the club’s fan-base appear to believe the time is right for the French manager to leave.

Wenger’s former club AS Monaco are said to be open to the idea of the experienced manager returning to the Stade Louis II, either as a replacement for current boss Claudio Ranieri or in a directorial role. Some sources also suggest Barcelona may be keen on bringing in the Arsenal manager to replace Gerardo Martino, who hasn’t enjoyed his debut season at the Nou Camp.

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