Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will leave Arsenal at the end of this season, bringing an end to a 22-year stay in North London.
The Frenchman still has a year remaining on his current contract and his decision, while it had been demanded by many Gunners fans in recent years, will come as a huge surprise to many.
Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002, and famously oversaw Arsenal’s unbeaten Invincible season in 03/04.
Wenger said in a statement:
“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.”