ARSENE WENGER has announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.
The Frenchman has left the footballing world in shock after announcing he will step down after 22 years at the club.
Wenger’s side have struggled in the league in recent years.
But the veteran has continued to defy fan outrage and remain at the Emirates.
However, in a statement released today, 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 for ever.”
Arsenal still have the Europa League in their sights as they prepare to take on Atletico Madrid next week.
A win in the competition would see the club qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners sit sixth in the table at present, two points ahead of Burnley in the table.