Football: Arsenal loses Arsene Wenger at end of the season

The 68-year-old Frenchman, Arsene Wenger has announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

Widely credited for revolutionizing English football, the football tactician has been at the north London club since 1996.

He is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League history and has been under pressure in recent years from a disgruntled section of fans.

“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,” Wenger wrote in a statement on the Arsenal website.

“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.”

Currently sixth in the Premier League,Arsenal is 14 points off fourth place — the top-flight’s last Champions League qualification slot — but faces Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semifinals next week.

Professional Background

The Frenchman was one of  the three coaches to arrive in England to coach a Premier League team.

He introduced new ideas on nutrition, training and tactics and established a track record for signing players who became global stars, notably Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

Nicknamed the “Professor”, Wenger has a degree in economics.

He also played a  pivotal role in the building of Arsenal’s new training ground and the move from Highbury to their new state-of-the-art Emirates stadium in 2006.

For this,many fans say they owe him a debt of gratitude for his huge contributions in making Arsenal what it is.

Trophies

Under Wenger, Arsenal won the Premier League title in 1998, 2002, and 2004 and clinched seven FA Cups, including three of the past four seasons.

Arsenal won the league and FA Cup Double in 1998 and 2002.

The 2003-2004 team was nicknamed “The Invincibles” after it went through the Premier League season undefeated with 26 wins and 12 draws.

Arsenal has only once finished outside of the Premier League’s top four (it was fifth in 2017) since Wenger took over.

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