Arsene Wenger Admits He Considered Stepping Down in May

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The pitchforks for Arsene Wenger are back out in full force, as Arsenal have taken just three points, with a -4 goal differential from their first three league games. The #WengerOut grassroots movement is currently just as loud as it’s ever been. They appeared especially listless in a 4-0 trouncing at the hands of Liverpool, their final game before the international break, which gave everybody more time to discuss the rout.

Wenger gave a message to his critics after the route, saying that if people believe he is the problem, then he is sorry.

Wenger’s uncertain future was an admitted hindrance to the team last season, and it resulted in the Gunners finishing outside the top four for the first time in Wenger’s 21 year tenure at the club.

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Everybody was in doubt about whether or not Wenger would come back, including the Frenchman himself.  Today, Wenger revealed to Telefoot that he pondered his decision to stay or go in depth, before signing a new two year extension following the FA Cup victory over Chelsea.

“Yes, I hesitated to extend my contract for personal reasons,” he said.

“I’ve been at Arsenal for 20 years, and you ask yourself all the time if you should continue leading the club, and also because we suffered quite a bit during the season.”

It’s very early of course, but Arsenal are now sitting at 16th place in the table. They return to action in five days against AFC Bournemouth. Adding to their woes was an absolute abomination of a summer transfer window that will no doubt only further increase the criticism of Wenger.

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“In spite of everything, the team has real potential and we have to pick ourselves up as you always have to do in a crisis and we have to win the next game.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now and Minute Media. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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