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Arsene Wenger was not sacked and his departure from Arsenal at the end of the season was a mutual decision.

That is according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein.

The Gunners announced on Friday that the Frenchman would be stepping down this summer after nearly 22 years in charge.

Wenger has endured one of his toughest seasons in north London since arriving in 1996.

And after speaking out earlier ahead of Arsenal’s crucial Europa League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid, the boss hinted he was ultimately forced out of the club.

But this evening, an official statement from Wenger was released by Arsenal, which read: “After reaching agreement about my departure, I was happy for the club to decide when to announce.

“I wish to make it clear the timing of the announcement was right.”

And on the Wenger situation, Ornstein said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s moved to clarify his comments and say that the timing comment was made in reference to the release of information that he would be leaving.

“It wasn’t in his control when this announcement would be made, not the decision that he would be leaving.

“And I interpret that as a continuation of this theme from his and the club’s perspective that it was a mutual decision, they both agreed on it.

 

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