Arsenal's top Arsene Wenger replacement rejects the Emirates Stadium side

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On Friday, Wenger confirmed that his 22-year association with the north London club will come to an end this summer when he resigns as manager - a year before his contract expires.

"I feel sorry that after Sir Alex Ferguson - but it was obviously Sir Alex's decision [to leave] - the next big one, the next iconic one is leaving the Premier League".

Earlier, had reported how Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained that the chances of star midfielder Mohamed Elneny to return to action again this season are very slim. "And for the rest I've spoken about it already", Wenger answered when asked why he's stepping down this year, despite a current contract that runs until next.

Arsene Wenger stated clearly that the Egypt worldwide will miss the Gunners' Europa League semi final clash against Atletico Madrid with the first leg on Thursday, April 26.

Asked if he had any second thoughts about his announcement, Wenger said: "Look, you're never sure you do the right thing, but life is interesting because you have to deal with different kinds of situations".

"I've always seen them respond in a positive way and I think this group of players deserves something special".

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"I knew that was not the case".

'What is important for me is to focus and concentrate about what I'm doing at the moment. "At the moment I'm not ready to commit to anything else".

"I don't want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique".

Vieira played 406 times for Arsenal scoring 34 goals in the process.

Wenger will go into his final European home game as Arsenal boss with the boost of having Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available.