Arsene Wenger step down as Arsenal manager at end of season

Arsene Wenger step down as Arsenal manager at end of season

Arsene Wenger, who has been Arsenal manager for the last 22-years, has said that he would leave the club at the end of the season.

After 22 years, 10 major trophies and more than 800 Premier League games, Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will step down as the manager of Arsenal at the end of the season.

The French manager will bid farewell to the Gunners a year before his contract is set to expire. Arsenal stand sixth in the league and will miss out on next year’s Champions League spot if they fail to win the Europa League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the season. (Source: Getty)

The 68-year old released a statement on Friday saying, “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.”

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“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.”

Wenger has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the club since he was appointed as the manager in October 1996. However, there had been increasing pressure on Wenger in the last few years as fans at the Emirates Stadium demanded his resignation.

Arsenal currently stand 14-points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and 33-points behind Manchester City, who have already been declared as the winners of Premier League 2017-18.

“Arsène has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.”

“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game. We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game,” he added.

Wenger also received praise from long-term rival and current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho. “If he’s happy I’m happy, if he’s sad, I’m sad,” Mourinho told reporters.

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