After spending 22 years with the club, Arsene Wenger has finally decided to step down as as manager of Arsenal at the end of the season.
In a press conference on Friday, Wenger announced its time to end the ties with the English club and he feels its the right time to step down.
“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,” he said.
The Arsenal manager gave a long statement this morning and expressed all his love and support for the club.
“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.”
Arsenal majority owner Stan Kroenke marked this as one of the most difficult days in the history of the club.
“One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”
“Arsene 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,” Kroenke said.
Wenger has won three Premier League titles including an entire season season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League.
He has transformed the identity of the club and of the English football with his vision for how the game can be played. Forgetting all his recent failures, Wenger will undoubtedly remain as one of the greatest manager in the world.