It was the news that plenty of Arsenal fans were hoping for, but Arsene Wenger’s announcement that he will step down as manager at the end of the season has sparked an emotional reaction from the supporters.
The Frenchman issued a short statement via the club’s official website on Friday confirming that he will end his two-decade tenure this summer.
Despite the majority of fans calling for Wenger to step down last season, the 68-year-old penned a two-year deal last May.
However, following another lacklustre Premier League campaign, which has left the Gunners 14 points adrift of the top four with five games left to play, the manager has opted to call it quits.
Despite the recent tension that has filtered through the fanbase following years of failed title challenges, Wenger will leave the Emirates with a glittering CV.
After taking over at Arsenal in 1996, the Frenchman went on to guide the club to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs, the most recent of which was in the 2016-17 season.
During his time in charge, Wenger oversaw 823 top-flight games and won 473 of them.
Arsene Wenger's all-time #PL record:
P – 823
W – 473
D – 199
L – 151
Win % – 57.5
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 20, 2018
The North London outfit consistently qualified for the Champions League year by year until last season, and unless they win the Europa League next month, the Gunners will miss out once again.
The huge news has caused some fans to put aside their hatred for the manager and thank him for the huge part he played in Arsenal’s history.
Many Thank Yous to our Boss..
Arsene Wenger #MerciArsène
— Tony Man™ (@MrTonyMan) April 20, 2018
— ryner2004 (@Neil_Ryner) April 20, 2018
It’s a shame we will never see Wenger lift the champions league with Arsenal would of been an amazing sight, however it’s the best move to go forward. Thank you Wenger you was a great loyal servant to the club and will always be remembered #ThankYouArsène #AFC #OneArseneWenger
— ÖziTaryan (@TheOziTaryan) April 20, 2018
— Holla (@geolarel) April 20, 2018
Arsene Wenger leaving is colossal news. He has frustrated the crap out of me for so many years, however a class act to the end. A true legend of Arsenal and the game. Well done Arsenal FC for doing the right thing. #afc
— Chas Avery (@ChasAvery88) April 20, 2018
Goodbye Arsene wenger…. thank you for all the memories #afc
— The Great Gunner (@lord_Ganja) April 20, 2018
— † Tania † (@TaniaTee21) April 20, 2018
Absolutely gutted about Wenger but his time has been up for a while. Respect the man so much. Legend. #afc
— jcopping (@JaayCx) April 20, 2018
As it’s confirmed by Wenger himself he will leave #Arsenal end of the season I pray we win #EuropaLeague he deserves one final send off as much as we wanting him out years it’s now happening and the man done a great job #AFC #COYG WIN IT! 🏆
— Mister Gooner (@AbzN89) April 20, 2018
— Anthony Rock (@AnthonySPRock) April 20, 2018
He took charge of Arsenal the year I was born.. He revolutionised the club and English football.Went a season unbeaten. Build the Emirates.Won the most FA cups in history. Now he's leaving and I can't stop crying.
Merci Arsene.. #Afc #Arsenal #Wenger
— Rahul Pradeep (@thelawyer_4) April 20, 2018