Arsene Wenger hints at break after leaving Arsenal

Arsene Wenger hints at break after leaving Arsenal

Arsene Wenger believes that "my successor" will reach "a positive conclusion" about the state of Arsenal's squad.

In his post-match press conference, Wenger thanked Manchester United for the classy gesture.

It was a memorable afternoon for Arsene Wenger, despite a heartbreaking defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. "Manchester United, as a club, should always play in the Champions League, so we are very happy for that and, right now, we are focusing on keeping second place and that's what we work for every week now".

Wenger, presented with a gift by old rival Alex Ferguson before kick-off, rested the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has outlined his own plans for managerial longevity.

Mourinho has also had his spats with Wenger, most famously decribing the Frenchman as a "specialist in failure" for his inability to win the EPL since 2003/04.

At least Arsenal could point to the eight changes made by Wenger three days after their Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid - and the return leg this Thursday - as an excuse for their lack of cut and thrust.

10-man Atletico and Arsenal draw in Europa semifinal
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has ruled himself out of Arsenal job and insisted that he is "very happy" at Atletico Madrid . But, according to Spanish publication Sport, he is now leaning towards Chelsea and could make his decision in the next few days.

Quizzed about the applause he received ahead of the game, Wenger replied: "When you're not a danger any more, people love you".

"But too many of his team-mates failed to show the character you need to win at United". Mourinho then shook his hand warmly. "I would be surprised that I meet him next year".

"I hope that I play against him again". They were excellent and we didn't defend as well as we have against other big teams.

Marouane Fellaini's late goal ensured United ran out 2-1 winners over the north London outfit.

In fact, it looked as if the game would end in a draw after Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a fine goal against his former side six minutes after half-time. It was also only Pogba's sixth goal of the season, from 33 appearances; even accounting for his mid-season injury, six goals is nowhere good enough for a midfielder of his calibre.

Former United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized in the 51st - two minutes after Lukaku hobbled off - but Arsenal's players exhausted in the final 20 minutes and Fellaini made them pay, glancing in Ashley Young's cross.