The Premier League's longest-serving manager Arsène Wenger has dramatically quit Arsenal after 22 years

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  • Arsène Wenger has resigned from Premier League club Arsenal FC.
  • The Gunners boss ends a 22-year relationship with the North London team.
  • He will leave at the end of the season.

The Premier League’s longest-serving manager Arsène Wenger has dramatically quit Arsenal FC.

Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies but has been under huge pressure in recent seasons to retire gracefully.

That he has stubbornly resisted the so-called “Wenger Out” campaign, means Friday’s announcement that he will leave after 22 years caught many by surprise. He will be gone by the end of the season having first joined Arsenal in 1996.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down,” Wenger confirmed on the club’s official website.

“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.”

Arsenal is currently sixth in the Premier League table but is in the hunt for the UEFA Europa League trophy. The club takes on Atletico Madrid in a semi-final in the coming weeks, and Wenger has “urged” the fans “to stand behind the team to finish on a high.”

He concluded: “To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support forever.”

Arsenal will hire Wenger’s replacement “as soon as possible,” according to a club statement.

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