Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will exit the premier league club at the end of the season.
“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.” Arsene Wenger said in a statement.
Wenger (68), who has managed Arsenal for almost 22 years, is celebrated as an icon in the world of football.
He has won seven FA Cups as Arsenal boss, more than any other manager in history.
Arsenal has won three Premier Leagues under Wenger, six Charity/Community Shields. Wenger also oversaw Arsenal’s move from its home ground of Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006, which he then described as the biggest decision in Arsenal’s history.
There has however mounting criticism over the years from sections of Arsenal fans calling for Wenger’s resignation especially since the club has gone for 14 years without a Premier League title.
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Jack Wilshere: To the man who gave me my chance as a 16 year old, and showed unbelievable faith and commitment towards me. Always a gentleman, like a father through tough times in my career. He always believed in me when most people didn’t. Thank you for everything boss! It’s down to us now.
Héctor Bellerín: Personally a very sad day. I am forever in debt to this man. The person who had faith in me and gave me a platform to progress. Thank you for all the memories and trophies boss