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.
After 21 years in charge of @Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the 2017/18 season
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 20, 2018
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.”
Reactions to Wenger’s departure:
me: WENGER OUT
wenger: i’m out
— pimp c-ncho (@eyebrowpapi_) April 20, 2018
Arsene Wenger is leaving at the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/O7or0RcVHi
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@easantejr) April 20, 2018
Wenger when Arsenal get a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Atletico game:
''I've just signed a new 8-year deal, I'm not f***ing leaving!'' pic.twitter.com/CzTbqKKH04
— Coral (@Coral) April 20, 2018
ArsenalFanTV after finding out that Arsene Wenger is set to leave… pic.twitter.com/sNKj71IvB3
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 20, 2018
Wenger has been Arsenal manager for most of my life. Astonishing.
Will be watching every minute of the rest of the season and hoping he gets a fairytale finish 🙌
— Carly Adno (@CarlyAdno226) April 20, 2018
None of these guys would’ve had the career they had if it wasn’t for Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/6VQlm7Cunf
— _ (@JoseMourinhod) April 20, 2018
— kiLL edward (@AFC_Banga19) April 20, 2018
— Matt (@MatthewHernon) April 20, 2018
Privileged to see the 2 greatest managers in the history of the Premier League.
Passion. Desire. Success. Class.
Thankyou Arsene Wenger. Nothing will come close to the United-Arsenal rivalries of the old. Thanks for the memories. Happy retirement Gentleman. pic.twitter.com/niBsVzggVr
— Harjeet Randhawa (@randhawamufc) April 20, 2018
— IBIRUNGA (@fifth_brigade) April 20, 2018
Lowkey I'm hurt to the fact that Arsene Wenger is leaving arsenal but we got to move on atleast 😏 pic.twitter.com/b5veZpgYtr
— Jobu wa Njohi (@ItsJobu) April 20, 2018
— B.| a. (@m1dnitemarauder) April 20, 2018
Your Childhood is a lie if you didn't think Arsenal was named after Arsene Wenger. #MerciArsène
— Troll Football India (@TFootballIndia) April 20, 2018