Arsene Wenger Steps Down As Arsenal Manager After 21 Years

| April 20 , 2018 , 15:05 IST

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday that he will be stepping down as manager of the English football club at the end of the season. He led the club for 21 years.

Wenger whose name became synonymous with Arsenal has been the most successful manager of the club’s history but has recently has been at the wrong end of the sword when it came to performances and results.

“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,” said Wenger in a statement posted on Arsenal’s website.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

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“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 forever.”

He was appointed as the manager of Arsenal in September 1996 and has since won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He is still in the hunt for his first European trophy as Arsenal are in the semi-final of the Europa League where they face Atletico Madrid and will play the first leg on April 27 at the Emirates Stadium in London.