Arsenal announced on their official website on Friday before noon that their boss Arsene Wenger will leave his position next month, a year before his latest contract is due to expire.

The Frenchman has been forced to leave the club by Stan Kroenke after losing the support of the majority shareholder; according to a report.

Arsene’s statement suggested that the decision to quit was purely his own; but The Sun claims that the 68-year-old did not intend to leave this summer.

A lack of support from the biggest shareholder Stan Kroenke is said to be the key reason behind Wenger’s departure ;with Arsenal agreeing to pay him £11m as severance for a clean break.

The timing of the announcement has been praised by many; giving supporters of not just Arsenal but rival clubs a chance to provide the country’s longest-serving boss a fitting send-off; but the same report suggests that Wenger is frustrated at both the speed and timing of the departure.