Arsene Wenger has announced that he will resign as Arsenal manager at the end of the season after 22 seasons in charge.
Its been a tumultuous few seasons for the French manager, but after almost a quarter of a century in charge of the Gunners where he has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, he has decided to call it a day.
In a statement released via the Arsenal website, Wenger said:
“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.”
Wenger has seen his position protested against by large swathes of the Arsenal support, with banners against the Arsenal boss being spotted all around the world. Despite the protesters, Wenger defied the fans wishes by signing a new two year contract at the Emirates last summer, but has now decided that enough is enough.
There has been plenty of speculation in recent weeks regarding potential replacements with Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique, Max Allegri, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry all being mentioned.
With regard to any potential replacement for the Frenchman, Arsenal made the following statement:
“Arsène will lead the team to the end of the season and we will make an appointment as soon as possible. The club will not be making any further comment on the selection process until an appointment is made.”