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Arsene Wenger will be leaving the club at the end of the season just before the end of his contract, ending a 22-year reign as a manager. Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described the announcement as “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport.” He added, “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene Wenger has brought to the club on and off the pitch. “His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.” The American praised Wenger's “exceptional record,” adding that he “transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.”

 

The Gunners are sixth in the league and are missing out on a top-four spot for the second straight season with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League. Arsene Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002. “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. “To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”

 

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League's current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games. Arsenal say a successor will be appointed “as soon as possible.”

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