Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager at season's end

ANI | Updated: Apr 20, 2018 17:02 IST

Washington D.C [U.S.A], April 20 (ANI): Arsene Wenger is all set to step down as a manager of Arsenal at the end of this season, thus ending his illustrious 22-year tenure in north London.

Confirming the news, Wenger said that he has come into the decision after proper consideration, adding that he believes it's the right time to leave the Emirates Stadium at the season's end.

"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," CNN quoted Wenger, as saying.

"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 Portuguese manager added.

It should be noted that the 68-year-old has another year left on his deal, but he has decided to leave the club which he joined way back in 1996 at the end of the current campaign.

Wenger, who is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League, had led Arsenal to three league title in 1998, 2002, and 2004, besides also guiding them to seven FA Cups, including three of the past four seasons.

Not only this, Arsenal has just once finished outside of the top four in the Premier League--fifth in 2017--since Wenger took over as the manager.

Arsenal, who are currently placed sixth in the league standings, will now lock horns with West Ham on April 22. (ANI)

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