According to the BBC, veteran Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will step down as the north London clubs boss at the end of the season after more than two decades in charge.
Wenger is quoted by the BBC as saying: “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.”
Wenger future in doubt for months
The future of the veteran Gunners boss has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, as the team have underperformed under the 68-year-old. The team has gone backwards and have struggled to even make the top-four the last two seasons after previously looking like title contenders.
In short, Arsenal have not been living up to their potential as a club in the last few years. The Gunners should be title contenders and in the Champions League. However, they are far from both at the minute.
The right decision
Many fans will believe that Wenger should have left last summer, instead of signing a new deal with the club. Of course, the Frenchman still has a year and a bit to run on his contract.
However, it seems that he has made the right decision for everybody by stating he is leaving the club. The team are not moving forward and the majority of Gunners fans have turned against Wenger.
Looking to the future
It is only fair to point out that Arsene Wenger should still go down as one of the clubs greatest managers. He produced one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen in ‘the Invincibles and did a lot to move the club forward in his first decade at the club. I hope that fans will remember him for that and not for the last decade of his reign.
Arsenal will now be looking to the future and his replacement. Wenger himself has stated that he believes former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira could replace him in the Gunners hot seat.
However, there are many other bosses being linked with the job such as Joachim Low, Carlo Ancelotti, Max Allegri, Thomas Tuchel and even Mikel Arteta are also being linked with the job.
Who will be the next Arsenal boss is unclear. However, what is clear is that it will be a highly interesting summer at Arsenal.
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