Arsene Wenger ‘to step down’ as Arsenal manager at the end of the season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will step down at the end of the season, ending 22 years at the helm. Rumours had been flying around that the 68-year-old may call time on his managerial career this summer, but it’s unknown if he’ll manage elsewhere or if he’s giving up coaching for good.

He said to Arsenal.com: “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. My love and support forever.”

 Arsene Wenger’s managerial honours

AS Monaco

  • Won the Ligue 1 title in 1987/88
  • Won the Coup de France in 1990/91

Nagoya Grampus

  • Won the Emperor’s Cup in 1995
  • Won the J-League Super Cup in 1996

Arsenal

  • Won the Premier League and FA Cup in 1997/98
  • Won the Premier League and FA Cup in 2001/02
  • Won the FA Cup in 2002/03
  • Won the Premier League in 2003/04
  • Won the FA Cup in 2004/05
  • Won the FA Cup in 2013/14
  • Won the FA Cup in 2014/15
  • Won the FA Cup in 2016/17

As for this season, it’s been bittersweet for the Gunners. They’re currently sixth in the Premier League table with 54 points from 33 games, 14 shy of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal are in danger of being caught by seventh-placed Burnley too. The Clarets are just two points adrift, albeit having played a game more.

Wenger’s men have reached a League Cup final this season, losing 3-0 to Manchester City at Wembley on February 25, and they’re in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Arsenal welcome Atletico Madrid to the Emirates in the first leg on Thursday.

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