Arsene Wenger has suggested it was not his plan to end his tenure as Arsenal boss.
The 68 year-old announced last week that he would be ending his 22-year association with the Gunners at the end of the season.
Arsenal have fallen further behind their rivals this term and are currently under pressure to even finish in the top six.
Wenger had been expected to complete his two-year deal which he signed last summer. However, it appears the boss was quietly pushed to curtail his tenure early.
Speaking in Wednesday’s press conference ahead of the Gunners Europa League semi-final, the boss revealed he had no plans to step down.
“The timing was not really my decision,” Wenger said. “For the rest, I have spoken about it already.”
“You will feel sorry for me when I don’t work. But, at the moment I work like ever.
“You are never sure you are doing the right thing but life is interesting because you have to deal with different situations.”
The speculation over who will replace Wenger continues to mount. Ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as a favourite. Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann have all been tipped to take on the role.