Date: 20th April 2018 at 10:58am
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Earlier this morning Arsenal confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger would be stepping down from his role at the club at the end of the season.

A statement from Wenger can be read in full by – Clicking Here.

“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.”

With the decision now announced and confirmation that he won’t complete his contract with many believing should we win the Europa League he would’ve stayed for next season, Wenger called on the fans to just get behind the club now.

“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.”

A brief statement from Stan Kroenke read.

“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène 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.”

His full words are again on the above link.

A 22-year era comes to an end and it is unfortunate that period didn’t see more success in a physical trophy sense and with the decision announced now, hopefully the angst that has split the fans can come to an end and maybe the endless spamming of the club’s official twitter can also cease.

Three Premier League titles, an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup wins and 20 years of Champions League football should be celebrated for what it is as opposed to what it isn’t.

Wenger, of course, remains in place until the end of the current campaign so hopefully he can now go out on a high, but that isn’t going to stop the endless managerial speculation and that kicked in seconds after the announcement and so far we’ve been linked with more names that my short-term memory can cope with.