Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has announced he will step down at the end of the season. The 68-year-old joined the London Club in October 1996. The Frenchman leaves after 22 years in charge. He helped the Gunners lift 10 major trophies among them 3 Premier League titles and a record 7 FA Cups among others. He is the only manager in Premier League history to ever go for a full season unbeaten. In 2003/04 season, he was not defeated for 49 matches. Legend.
Arsene Wenger's all-time #PL record:
P – 823
W – 473
D – 199
L – 151
Win % – 57.5
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 20, 2018
Full Statement by Arsene Wenger
“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 forever.” End of statement.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are the only team to go through a PL season unbeaten, on way to winning the 2003-04 PL title
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It is a tough day for those fans who loved his style of football. For those who wanted him to leave, there will no more excuses starting from next season. Today, we want to highlight some unique facts fans might not know about Arsene Wenger.
5. Wenger is a big fan of Reggae star Bob Marley
Arsene Wenger's record at Arsenal:
7 FA Cup
7 Community Shield
3 Premier League
1 unbeaten season
Just under 22 years in charge of one club. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/l2KNyvQtN9
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Arsene Wenger is a big fan of reggae music and Bob Marley music to be specific. The king of reggae died in 1979 but his music is still alive today.
“I love his music and the man that he was. He was not ‘fabricated’. He was real.
“I love people who do not have conventional paths and who stand out because of their talent.”
4. Wenger is a Gunner since in 1989
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 20, 2018
Arsene Wenger has managed Arsenal since 1996. However, the French man love affair with the Gunners started 7 years before he took over. The tactician visited Highbury in 1989 to watch Arsenal 2-0 win over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
The then-vice president David Dein who accompanied him then said the following;
“Arsene didn’t speak English that fluently at the time, which was just as well as it’s a mime game!
Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English Football .The 98 team was Amazing.The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them. He now deserves the most incredible send off from all in the coming weeks.
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 20, 2018
“Within a few minutes, he had the courage to act out A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I thought to myself that he was not the usual football manager, an ex-player who has left school at 16.
“During the evening I saw this vision written in the sky: ‘Arsene for Arsenal!’ It’s destiny, it’s fate, it’s going to happen.”
3. Wenger does not drink Wine
3 Premier League titles
7 FA Cups
— CNN (@CNN) April 20, 2018
Arsene Wenger does not take wine. Sir Alex Ferguson had a tradition of inviting visiting Coaches for a glass of wine after a tough battle on the pitch. However, the Gunners manager is the only man who did not entertain it.
“He never comes for a drink after matches’’, said Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He’s the only manager in the Premiership not to do so. It would be good for him to accept the tradition.”