After 22 years in charge at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has announced he will quit the club at the end of the current season.
Wenger on Friday morning released a statement in which he informed of his decision and thanked everyone who had supported him at the club.
“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.”
Arsene Wenger is the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League, having been appointed in 1996.
The Frenchman has won three premier league titles and seven FA Cups with the gunners and will forever be remembered for the ‘Invincibles Season’ when the club went unbeaten for an entire Premier League campaign in the 2003-2004 season.
A lean trophy spell of recent, finishing outside the top four for the first time while in charge and some really bad results have however turned fans against Wenger with a whole lot of them clamouring for his sack for a while now.
The news of Wenger leaving Arsenal will still surely come as a shock to many as he still had a year to go on his current contract.
He will however see out the current season where the Arsenal faithful will hope it ends on a high with the Frenchman winning the Europa league and returning the club back to the UEFA Champions League.
Full text of Wenger’s statement.
“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.
“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.
“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.
“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.
“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.
“My love and support for ever.”