Arsene Wenger has told his players that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, according to an Italian journalist.
Tancredi Palmeri has reported that “the volcano is ready to explode” and that Wenger will leave the Gunners in the summer.
“Wenger has announced his decision to his dressing room informally, without even formally informing the club,” claimed Palmeri on Snai Sportnews.
The report claims Wenger spoke to his players three weeks ago “practically the day after the humiliating defeat at Bayern”.
Wenger, who will surely be asked about the report after Tuesday’s game with Bayern Munich, has been offered a contract extension but so far he has not made a decision on his future and a growing number of fans are calling for the Frenchman to walk away from the club he has been manager of since 1996.
At Monday’s press call ahead of the meeting with Bayern Munich, defender Per Mertesacker was asked if the players wanted Wenger to remain next year.
Wenger though quickly interjected and responded for Mertesacker.
“Honestly, I don’t think it’s down to the players to choose a manager,” said Wenger, who is set to make an announcement on his future in the next two months.
BOOM! ARSENE WENGER TOLD TO HIS PLAYERS THAT HE WILL LEAVE ARSENAL!
Here details of when and how the talk happened https://t.co/nOkJEpjzoR
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 7, 2017
“Your questions are not adjusted to the press conference when preparing for a game. The players have to perform.
“The board chooses the manager. It’s your bosses who choose whether you’re here or not. I can understand that I am criticised after these results, but it’s not down to the players to choose the manager.
“The players have to perform for this football club. I think we are at the best club in the world, and we have to show pride and commitment to defend the pride of this club.
“It’s not about the politics. We are not at a political club here, we are judged on performance. I have to perform and the players have to perform.”