Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has been at the top of the balls for nearly 22 years, will leave the club after the season, even though he has a contract for another year. The 68-year-old Frenchman himself announced the decision through a special address published on the club site.
“After a thorough reflection and conversation with the club, I decided that it was the right time for me to retire after the end of the season, and I am grateful to have had the privilege of serving this club for so many memorable years, managing the club with all my dedication and honesty I want to thank the headquarters, the players, the board of directors and the fans who have made Arsenal such a special club, and I urge supporters to continue to support the team by the end of the season to finish it in the best possible way. Arsenal, yes keep the values that this club has, you have my love and support forever, “wrote Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman was appointed on October 1, 1996, and since then he has led Arsenal in 1228 matches (823 in the Premier League). For nearly 22 years, Wenger won three times the title, seven times the FA Cup and seven times the World Championship. In 1998 and 2002 the “gunmen” reached a double. One of his remarkable achievements is in 2003/04 when Arsenal finished the entire Premier League season without any loss.
Majority owner Stan Kroonke described today as “one of the toughest” since his fate was linked to Arsenal. According to him, everyone who loves the club should always be grateful to Wenger.