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Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal FC after more than two decades in charge

Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year stay in charge of Arsenal FC to an end after this season, the Frenchman announced on Friday.

football Updated: Apr 20, 2018 18:19 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Agence France-Presse, London
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Arsene Wenger will step down as Arsenal FC manager at the end of the season.(AFP)

Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge.

The 68-year-old Frenchman has won the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup seven times with Arsenal since taking over in October 1996, but has faced growing disillusionment from fans in recent years.

In a statement released by Arsenal on Friday, Wenger says he made his decision to step down “after careful consideration and following discussions with the club.”

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“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.

“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.

Arsene Wenger announced that he will leave the Premier League club after almost 22 years at the helm. ( AP )

“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.”

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said it is “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport.”

Wenger won three Premier League titles, including going unbeaten for an entire season, seven FA Cups and took Arsenal into the Champions League for 20 years in a row. They won the league and FA cup double in 1998 and 2002.

The club said a successor would be appointed as soon as possible with German Thomas Tuchel, out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund almost a year ago, installed as the early bookmakers’ favourite.

First Published: Apr 20, 2018 14:44 IST