Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of the season

Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal after almost 22 years in the role

Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal after almost 22 years in the role

Friday, April 20, 2018

Arsene Wenger's long reign as Arsenal manager will end next month.

The 68-year-old announced on Friday (April 20) that he will step down at the end of the season.

The Frenchman moved to Highbury in 1996 and delivered some of the best football the early Premier League had seen as he led Arsenal to three titles during his tenure.

The unbeaten 'Invincibles' season of 2003-04 will forever be remembered but that would deliver the last of those league crowns, as a fallow period followed.

Moving to the state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium tightened the purse strings as Arsenal were caught and surpassed by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City - the newly-crowned champions a massive 33 points clear of the Gunners at the time of Wenger's surprise announcement.

His position has come under intense scrutiny over the past 18 months due to repeated failings in the Premier League and Champions League.

Wenger has lifted the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons but that has not been enough to appease some supporters.

Arsenal paly Atletico Madrid in an Europa League semi-final next week.

"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," he said.

"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."

Labour leader and Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn thanked Arsene Wenger for the "beautiful football and wonderful memories".

"Thank you Arsene Wenger for all you have done for Arsenal and our community in North London, and for the inspiration you have given to young people to take up football," he said.