Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, the 68-year-old announced in a statement issued by the club on 20 April. The announcement by the Frenchman, who took over the reins of the club in October 1996, comes a year before his contract was to end.
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, in a statement
His 22-year-long stint at Arsenal saw the team win three Premier League titles –including an entire season unbeaten – and had seven FA Cup triumphs.
“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport,” said Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.
One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène 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.Stan Kroenke
The club also said that they would make an appointment as soon possible, but would not be making “any further comments on the selection process until then”.