Arsene Wenger will leave the Arsenal dugout once and for all at the end of the Premier League season. The coach’s departure from the Gunners’ camp after 22 years, a year before his existing contract with the club expires at the end of the 2019 season, will also mark the end of an era for the Premier League and professional football the world over. No other manager has served a top-notch football club for over two decades.
The 68-year-old Wenger has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002, for Arsenal during his 22-season stint with the club.
During his tenure, Wenger did not just uplift the Gunners record and profile but also climbed the ladder to figure among the all-time highest paid football managers and coaches. His £8.9 m ($ 12.50 m) annual contract with the club placed Wenger at a prestigious seventh position in the highest paid football coach’s and manager’s elite list.
Announcing his departure from the club and an abrupt end to his contract Wenger said: “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.”