Arsene Wenger leaves for a long time as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
The 68 year old Frenchman has been in northern London since 1996.
He is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League, but has been under pressure from a dissatisfied fan base in recent years.
Its time to leave : Arsene Wenger
“After careful consideration and interviews with the club, I think it is time to retreat at the end of the season,” Wenger wrote in his statement on the Arsenal website.
“I am grateful that I had the privilege of serving the club for so many memorable years.
“I managed the club with full engagement and integrity.
BREAKING: Wenger out. pic.twitter.com/HBuwQdY9aw
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 20, 2018
“I want to thank the employees, the players, the directors and the fans who make this club so exceptionally.
“I urge fans to stand behind the team to finish high.
“All Arsenal lovers will take care of the values of the club.
“My love and support all the time.”
Thanks for the memories, Arsene 🙌 pic.twitter.com/R1s3isgMfx
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 20, 2018
For Wenger Arsenal won the Premier League title in 1998, 2002 and 2004 and seven FA Cups.
However, European glory avoided Gunners. Arsenal was the winner of the UEFA Cup in 2000 and again defeated the finalists of the Champions League final in 2006
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
823 – Arsene Wenger has managed more Premier League games than any other manager (823) and only Sir Alex Ferguson has won more games (528) than Wenger (473). Longevity. pic.twitter.com/ktdsaZPb1y
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 20, 2018
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 20, 2018