Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Arsene Wenger will announce that he is going to quit the club in the summer, and he thinks that’ll happen this week.
Wenger has been under huge pressure in recent weeks due to the terrible performances from his side, but the 2-0 win against AC Milan last week, followed by a comfortable home victory over Watford, has lifted the mood at the club.
However, even though Nicholas expects Arsenal to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League, he said he thinks Wenger will announce his departure this weekend.
I also have a feeling that there might be an announcement by the manager either on Friday or over the weekend to confirm that he is going to step down in the summer, perhaps going upstairs, easing the tension and allowing the team to have a go for the Europa League without the same strain. He knows the fans don’t hate him, they’re just angry with him, but it was the first time I’ve heard him use the word ‘hate’ and I just think he’s realising he needs to do something to ease the anger. I think when he looks up and sees 25,000 fans in the stadium he created that he’ll come to a decision that something has to change.
Even though Arsenal defeated Watford at home, they did so in front of thousands of empty seats as fans decided to stay away from the game and Nicholas thinks that playing in front of a hald-emprty will ultimately be what leads to Wenger deciding to quit.