Friday, 20 April 2018

What A SHOCK! Arsene Wenger Steps Down As Arsenal Manager!

Surprising news from Arsenal official website: Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal after this season!
The surprising news was published on the club's website this morning.

Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 22-year association between the Frenchman and the club.

Wenger, who took charge back in September 1996, said on the 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. 

“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.”
Wenger, Arsenal’s longest-serving and most successful-ever manager, won three English Premier League titles, an all-time record seven FA Cups, two doubles, reached the 2006 European Cup final and went the entire 2003-04 English Premier League season undefeated, but has faced opposition over recent seasons at the repeated failure to challenge for either the English Premier League or UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal’s majority owner, Stan Kroenke, who has always been a massive supporter of Wenger 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.

 “Arsène has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. 

"He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.  

“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game.   

“We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”
 Arsenal have said that they will make an appointment as soon as possible.
Arsenal are still in the semi-finals of the Europa League but, even with the possibility of returning to the Champions League, a decision has been made to end Wenger's contract.

Arsenal former player Patrick Vieira is one of the most popular names in recent weeks to replace Wenger this summer.

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