Arsène Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, bringing to an end to a 22-year association between the Frenchman and the club. Wenger signed a fresh two-year contract extension last summer but there were high speculations that he would leave before. He was a relative unknown in this country when he was appointed Arsenal’s manager in September 1996 but in his 22 year spell he managed to win three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League. He was a revolutionary figure who introducing sophisticated methods to the preparation and well-being of players as well as tapping into the overseas market to sign relatively unheralded players who turned out to be world-class talents under his wings.
In an official statement Arsene 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 forever” - Arsène Wenger