(By Chris K. Amadi)-It is no longer in the realm of speculation: Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal football club of England has announced his exit from the club at the end of the season. He had been in charge for nearly 22 years, during which time, Wenger, 68, who is leaving 12 months before the expiration of his current contract, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.
BBC reports that the Gunners are sixth in the league and are set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, while their hopes of reaching the Champions League rested on winning the Europa League.
The departing manager was however grateful for the privilege of serving the club for over 20 years,” adding: “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity”.
Meanwhile, as soccer enthusiasts look forward to the appointment of Wenger’s replacement “as soon as possible”, as assured by the club, former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson had lauded Arsene Wenger for his professionalism, talent and determination during his long stay at Arsenal football club, describing him as one of the greatest Premier League managers.
His words: “I am pleased he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves,” said Ferguson, who won 13 league titles in 26 years at Old Trafford, before retiring in 2013.
“He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.
“It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves,” Fergosun stated, according to BBC, which also gave Arsene Wenger’s Premier League statistics thus: Games 823, wins 473, losses 151, goals scored 1,549, league titles