Arsene Wenger will no longer manage Arsenal football club, the 64-year-old Frenchman has announced.
Wenger, Arsenal and the Premier League’s longest serving manager, announced on Friday he was stepping down from the position at the end of the season.
“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 confirmed on the club’s official 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.
“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.”
The Frenchman has come under heavy criticism in the past months for his team’s lacklustre performances in the Premier League, particularly away from the Emirates stadium.
Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup victories in his time at the club.