Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at end of the season after 22 years in charge as manager.
The 68-year-old Frenchman has guided the club to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup wins since his appointment in October 1996.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. “To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”
Arsenal are sixth in the league and 33 points behind leaders Manchester City. The Gunners could miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League. They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.
“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,” said Arsenal’s top shareholder Stan Kroenke.
“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.
“We have high ambitions to build on Arsene’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game,” added Kroenke. Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira have been linked with the job.
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