Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season – ending his 22-year tenure in north London, the Mirror sport reports.
The Frenchman, 68, had another year left on his deal but will leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
Arsenal are in the semifinals of the Europa League and lie sixth on the league table with little possibility of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, unless they win the European competition.
Wenger 68, announced the news of his retirement in an emotional letter to the club’s supporters.
“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,” he said.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” the statement continued.
“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.”
Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and won three Premier League titles during his time with the club.
He led the famous Invincibles side in the title winning 2003-04 season and also won seven FA Cup titles.
Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke paid tributes to the Frenchman.
“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsène has brought to the club on and off the pitch,” he said.
“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.
“Arsène has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record.
“He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.
“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game. ”
Arsene Wenger honours
Premier League (3) – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04
FA Cup (7) – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17
Community Shield (7) – 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017
LMA Manager of the Year (2) – 2001/02, 2003/04
World Manager of the Year – 1998
Premier League Manager of the Month (15)
English Football Hall of Fame – 2006
Premier League record:
Matches – 823
Wins – 473
Draws – 199
Losses – 151
Win percentage – 57.5 %