After 22 rollercoaster years where he turned football into an art-form, winning 16 trophies with the club, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has announced that he will be stepping down.
A mammoth presence at the club since his arrival in October of 1996, Arsene Wenger will go down in history as among the greatest Premier League managers and possibly the greatest Arsenal manager ever. However, with Arsenal struggling to fight for supremacy in recent times, the great Frenchman and the London giants have decided to part ways, with Arsene Wenger revealing that he will step down at the end of the current season.
The Arsenal boss had reportedly told the team during training ahead of their home game against West Ham United and many expected him to be fired after last season. But with a brilliant comeback, the Gunners went on to win the FA Cup beating then Premier League Champions Chelsea in an exciting final clash. This allowed the club to offer Arsene Wenger a brand new contract which would extend the Frenchman’s time at Arsenal by two more years.
However, with Arsenal once again struggling this season despite spending 100 million in transfer fees, the 68 year old has announced his decision to step aside at the end of the current campaign. In a statement given to the Guardian, Wenger went on to reveal “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,” said Wenger in a statement posted on Arsenal’s website.
“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.”
The end of a brilliant and rather sensational era, there isn’t an Arsenal fan in the world who doesn’t have tears in their eyes or overfilled with emotions at the news. Arsene Wenger has been a mainstay for over 22 years and while his legacy should have a better ending, the next man in the hot seat has massive shoes to fill.