Arsenal manager,Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season
The club made the announcement on their website, sharing a statement made by Wenger himself.
For the past 22 years, the Frenchman has lifted the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons but that has not been enough to appease some supporters and Wenger, whose side are set to compete against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals next week, confirmed his decision to step down on Friday morning.,
The 68 years Wenger said in a statement posted on the club’s website. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.”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.
Wenger has been under increasing pressure to step down from the club’s fans for several seasons as Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and risk missing out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.
Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke paid tribute to a man of “unparallelled class”.
“Arsene has unparallelled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude,” said Kroenke, who took a controlling stake in the club in 2011.
“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. 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.”
According to former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn believes the decision is the right one.
“It probably feels to me like it is the right time. When Arsene Wenger does step down, I think he will be remembered very, very fondly. We talk about the modern era, George Graham started it and Arsene Wenger’s taken it to the next level.
“When he leaves the football club, I think people will look back and really appreciate what Arsene Wenger has done.”