After 21 years, three titles, seven FA cups, and one invincible season, Arsene Wenger, the 68-year-old French manager of Arsenal, has released a statement announcing his departure from the club at the end of this season. I don’t quite know how to put it, so I will let the man speak for himself:
“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.”
I honestly don’t know what to say right about now. I knew the day would come, but I did not know how I would feel. After such disappointment in the last couple of years, I sort of expected to be more relieved than sad, but today I still can’t help but feel both melancholy and an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
We got to experience a once-in-a-lifetime manager, a man whose vision and devotion were truly unparalleled. And honestly, knowing when the end is coming means that we will be able to send him off properly.
Thank you, Arsene, for everything.