Copa Libertadores

Wenger says timing of his Arsenal departure not his decision

LONDON (AP) Arsene Wenger says the timing of his departure from Arsenal "was not really my decision," effectively confirming he was forced out of the English club he has managed for more than 21 years.

The 68-year-old Frenchman announced last week that he would be quitting at the end of the season, saying he felt it was the right time to step down following discussions with the club's board.

Asked Wednesday why he was leaving a year before his contract ended, Wenger said "the timing was not really my decision."

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