Arsene Wenger to quit Arsenal after 22 years in charge

Frenchman Arsene Wenger has announced that he will step down as coach of the English Premier League side at the end of the season.

Wenger has been in charge of the Gunners for the past 22 years but he announced his imminent departure on Friday morning in a statement carried by the clubs website.

People in the football fraternity, his players – past and present – fans of the side and football lovers have taken to social media to react to the announcement which came out of the blue seeing that Wenger had a contract he had previously vowed to see out.

Arsène Wenger has issued the following statement:

“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.”

Arsene Wenger

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