Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a nearly 22-year reign as manager.
The Frenchman still has a year before his latest contract was due to expire.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”
The club has stated that a successor will be appointed “as soon as possible”.
Wenger, 68, won 3 Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.
Arsene Wenger’s incredible stats at Arsenal: The Frenchman has taken charge of 1228 games, won 10 major trophies and faced 124 different opponents.
The 68-year-old’s reign began in the summer of 1996 when he joined from Nagoya Grampus Eight to replace Bruce Rioch and his resignation represents the end of an era for both Arsenal and the Premier League.
The Frenchman learned his managerial trade in France with spells at Strasbourg, Cannes, and Nancy before earning a move to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
He won the French League Championship in 1988 before moving to Japan seven years later for an 18-month stint.
After joining Arsenal, Wenger did not take long to adapt to life in English football. He guided the team to their first Premier League title in the 1997/98 season.
He repeated the feat again in 2001/02 before making history in 2003/04. As “The Invincibles” went unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign on their way to sealing a third Premier League crown.
According to Premier League website, Arsene Wenger has claimed seven FA Cups – the most of any manager – and was voted Manager of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
Wenger became the Premier League’s longest-serving manager when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.
On 20 April 2018, he announced that he would stand down as manager at the end of the 2017/18 season.
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