He recalled in 'Both Sides': “I have been using it for as long as possible. The more we approach 23:59 on Monday, September 2, 2013, the more the clubs will raise their bids. The most desperate will.
“And if I have to leave a top club in favour of a promoted club, I have to feel wanted with a lot more than words. Serious money is needed.
“When the transfer window slams in a few hours, it finally happens. On September 3rd at 00.00 I will no longer be Arsenal player. All that's missing right now is a signature from Arsène Wenger.
“The clock has rounded 20 as Wenger rings. He goes straight to the case. 'It doesn't matter to your move,' he says. 'We haven't been able to buy the striker we wanted. So now you have to be a backup. It will be your job next year. '
“I hang up. Looking at Tom, who shrugs. Then I call back. Saying a lot of ugly, disrespectful things. Like 'a**hole' and 'w***er.'
“'We don't like each other anymore'" I finish my snapping. “'It will be best for everyone to part ways.'" I'm really trying to free myself.
“'Yes okay, it's very possible,'" Wenger replies with his thick French accent. 'But it's not going to happen. See you for training.'"