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Arsene Wenger 'sacked after losing Stan Kroenke support'

Wenger 'sacked after losing Kroenke support'
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Arsene Wenger did not want to leave Arsenal next month and he has been left further frustrated by the timing of the announcement that he will step aside, a report claims.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been forced out of the club by Stan Kroenke after losing the support of the majority shareholder, according to a report.

The Gunners announced on their official website on Friday morning that the Frenchman will leave his position next month, a year before his latest contract is due to expire.

Wenger's statement suggested that the decision to step aside was purely his own, but The Sun claims that the 68-year-old did not intend to leave this summer.

A lack of support from Kroenke is said to be the key reason behind Wenger's departure, with Arsenal agreeing to pay him £11m as severance for a clean break.

The timing of the announcement has been praised by many, giving supporters of not just Arsenal but rival clubs a chance to provide the country's longest-serving boss a fitting send-off, but the same report suggests that Wenger is frustrated at both the speed and timing of the departure.


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