Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season

Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season

- Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign as manager

- Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will leave the club this summer, ending a 22-year association with the club.

The 68-year-old's position has come under intense scrutiny over the past 18 months due to repeated failings in the Premier League and Champions League.

Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season

Arsene Wenger

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The Frenchman has lifted the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons but that has not been enough to appease some supporters and Wenger, whose side are set to compete against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals next week, confirmed his decision to step down on Friday morning.

In a statement released by the club, Wenger confirmed his decision, saying that he feels the time is now right for him to hand over the reins to someone else.

"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.

"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.

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"My love and support for ever."

Meanwhile, reports seem to suggest the former Arsenal star, Patrick Vieira will be the immediate favourite to succeed Wenger.

The 41-year-old New York City boss has been lined up to replace Wenger.

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