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OFFICIAL: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger resigns after 22 years in charge

OFFICIAL: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger resigns after 22 years in charge

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has announced that he is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the Gunners manager.

The Frenchman has been Arsenal’s longest-serving and most successful-ever manager, winning three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups [An all-time record], seven Community Shields, two doubles, as well as reaching the 2006 Champions League final.

Wenger, who has been appointed on 1 October 1996, has confirmed he will leave a year before his existing contract was due to expire, with the club yet to announce his successor.

“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 said.

“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.

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“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.”

After 22 years and 1192 games in charge, Wenger has decided to step down and to give someone else younger the opportunity to lead the English side.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League and are set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second season in a row, however, they are still in the Europa League semi-finals, which is the most likely way to secure them a place in next year’s Champions League.

The Gunners have Egypt international in their ranks, with the Egyptian committing future to the club last March.

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