Arsene Wenger has announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years in the role.
The 68-year-old’s position has come under intense scrutiny over the past 18 months due to repeated failings in the Premier League and Champions League.
The Frenchman has lifted the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons but that has not been enough to appease some supporters and Wenger, whose side are set to compete against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals next week, confirmed his decision to step down on Friday morning.
“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,” a statement released on the club’s website read.
“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.”