Arsene Wenger has decided to part ways with the Arsenal Football Club at the end of the current season.
Wenger has been with the club for 22 seasons and has a long list of accomplishments to show for himself in that time.
Wenger helped his club win three Premier League Titles and seven FA cups as well as bringing them to the Champions League consecutively for 20 years.
One of the 68-year-old Frenchman’s greatest achievements, however, came in 2004 when he became one of only two English football coaches in history to go unbeaten in a single season.
“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. “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.”
Arsenal is currently ranked sixth and with only five games left, the club would need to win the Europa League in order to really have a chance at qualifying for the Champions League.
Despite this, Arsenal’s most accomplished manager had some encouraging words for the fans “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 forever.”
Stan Kroenke the clubs owner now has to find a new manager to hire for the first time in his tenure.
“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in the sport,” Kroenke said. “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”
The East London club has said that they will begin making appointments to find a successor as soon as possible.