Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims Arsene Wenger has already dropped a hint that his 21-year old chapter as Gunners manager is “coming to the end”.
Wenger’s contract will come to an end after this season and his future has been in serious doubt after the north Londoners fell a massive 12 points behind the Premier League leaders Chelsea having suffered a 3-1 humiliation at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
And Wright, who won the 1998 Double under Wenger, said he strongly believes the Frenchman could be stepping down this summer and told BBC Radio 5 live (via Daily Mirror):
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“I was with the boss last night and if I’m going to be totally honest I get the impression that that’s it,” Wright told BBC Radio Five Live. “I was with him for a few hours last night and we’re talking. He didn’t say to me ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season’ but I get the impression looking at him that that’s it.
“He actually mentioned when I was talking to him last night that he’s coming to the end. I’ve never heard him say that.”
Wenger himself has claimed on several occasions that he will only make a final decision on his future at the end of the season and that where Arsenal finish this term will play a decisive factor.
“I have nothing to add to what I said last week,” Wenger said curtly at his press conference on Thursday when asked if he had made a decision.
But Wright, who played under Arsene Wenger between 1996 and 1998, suggested the 67-year-old looks like he’s had enough.
“You just feel that he looks winded, like someone has whopped him in the stomach. He has lost all his wind,” Wright said. “If someone asked me ‘is he going to go at the end of the season’, I think he will.”