Arsene Wenger announces decision to step down from the Arsenal job

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will be ending his 22-year association with the Gunners when the season comes to a close. The Frenchman has received plenty of criticism for the Gunners’ average league run over the past 18 months and he has now decided to make way for a new dawn at the north London outfit.

In a report covered by Arsenal’s official website, Wenger revealed his decision to move on from the club after holding discussions with the club’s hierarchy. The 68-year-old has, however, not announced his probable retirement which suggests that he could prolong his managerial career elsewhere.

Wenger’s future initially came under scrutiny during the 2016/17 campaign where the club failed to finish in the top four for the first time under his management. Despite this, he was offered a two-year extension at the Emirates after he guided the club to their third FA Cup final success in four seasons.

Arsenal have since gone on another low as they find themselves with the prospect of finishing sixth in the Premier League standings and the imminent decision over Wenger’s position may have been influenced by the club’s board as a whole.

Regardless of this, the players would unquestionably want to give their manager a huge send-off and they should be motivated to compete for the Europa League crown. Arsenal are due to face Atletico Madrid in a double-legged semi-final tie with the first game scheduled at the Emirates Stadium this month.

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