It’s finally happened.
Arsene Wenger has today announced he will leave Arsenal in the summer.
The long-serving Frenchman has overseen 21 years of service in north London.
Wenger said in a 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.”
Wenger with the Premier League trophyWenger won an incredible 10 domestic trophies during his Arsenal tenure but hostility has engulfed the latter years with the club in decline.
They currently sit sixth in the Premier League, a distant 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after missing out on the Champions League last season too.
Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “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.
“Arsène 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.”
Who is the favourite to replace him?
Well according to Sun Bets, former captain Patrick Vieira is the favourite to step into Wenger’s shoes at 3/1.
He’s closely followed by Thomas Tuchel, Joachim Loew and Carlo Ancelotti at 5/1.