Coach of Arsenal football club, Arsene Wenger has announced that he would be stepping down from his post as coach at the end of the season.
Wenger became the coach of Arsenal in October 1996 and has led the club to numerous trophies and titles.
Wenger made the announcement in a statement published on the club’s website
“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.”, he 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.”
Arsenal’s majority holder, Stan Kroenke eulogized the gaffer and said he will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.
He said: “This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène 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.”
For the past two-three seasons, there has been a growing campaign by some fans to get Wenger out of the club, with the #WengerOut campaign appearing at most of the club’s games.