After 22 years in charge of Arsenal, the club boss Arsene Wenger announced his retirement on Friday.
The decision comes amid falter in the club’s performances this year including last few years as well. He was also under pressure for not winning the EPL for last 14 years.
“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,” Arsene said in a statement.
“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 Director 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.”
Stan Kroenke who owns a majority of the stake in the club said it was “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport”.
In a statement, he said: “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene 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.
“Arsene 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.”
Wenger, 68 is the longest-serving manager of Arsenal, having joined the club in October 1996.
He has been credited with revolutionizing pre-match preparation and football training, and for discovering superstar Thierry Henry and midfielder Patrick Viera.
The Frenchman is also the club’s most successful manager to date, with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup wins. He oversaw the team invincible period from the 2003-04 season when his team scooped the League Trophy without a single defeat in 38 games.