Arsene Wenger announced today that he will step down from his role as Arsenal manager after a period of 22 years in charge of the London club.
It’s the end of an era for the Gunners as their long-time manager Arsene Wenger let it be known that he plans on stepping down from the helm of the ship after spending over two decades at the club.
Taking to Arsenal’s official website, Wenger posted the following statement:
“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.”
His relationship with the Arsenal fans had often seen its fair share of bumps along the way, particularly in the last few years but after fourteen seasons without a Premier League trophy, many supporters have been rather vocal in their wish to bring the team under new management.
According to The Independent, the front-runners to replace Wenger are as follows:
Thomas Tuchel – 4/1
Joachim Loew – 5/1
Patrick Vieira – 5/1
Carlo Ancelotti – 6/1
Massimiliano Allegri – 8/1
Brendan Rodgers – 8/1
Ralph Hassenhuttl – 12/1
Thierry Henry – 12/1
Luis Enrique – 12/1
Thomas Tuchel is known best for his two-year stint at Borussia Dortmund, a time where a rather edgy relationship with the club’s board saw him leave in May of last year. If the odds are any indication, do not be surprised to see him take the reins at the Emirates Stadium in the near future.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena