Arsene Wegner announced Friday his intentions to step down as Arsenal ‘s manager after 21 years at the helm.
According to a BBC report, Wenger said he will be leaving the Gunners at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, despite having one year remaining on his contract. In a statement posted to Arsenal’s official website, Wenger said the time is right to step aside.
“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,” Wenger said. “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.”
Wenger, 68, first came to the Premier League in 1996. In his nearly 22 years with Arsenal, he’s led the team to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. The Gunners have also in that span finished in the top four of the Premiere League 20 consecutive seasons and qualified for the UEFA Champions League 19 times.