Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger resigns

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire. Arsenal made the surprise announcement on Friday morning.

Wenger signed a fresh two-year contract extension last summer and while there was speculation he would leave halfway though that deal, few thought it would be this quick. Especially with a Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid to come.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”

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