Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in a surprise move has revealed that he will leave the north London club this summer. The French boss has been with the club close to 22 years and still has a year left on a two-year-contract he signed last summer.
Despite the Gunners making it to the Europa League semi-finals, their league performances have been a concern this season. In fact, the north London side has suffered 11 league defeats during the campaign, the highest of any league campaign since Wenger’s appointment.
The team’s poor performance has led to speculation that the 68-year-old would leave the club in the summer. However, the timing of his announcement came as something of a surprise.
A club legend
While Arsenal have struggled to challenge for the big trophies in recent years, Wenger’s first decade in charge of the team yielded three Premier League titles.
One of those league title triumph’s in 2003/04 saw the Gunners produce an unprecedented unbeaten Premier League campaign. The team from north London also won the FA Cup in three straight seasons from 2013/2014 to 2016/17.
The 68-year-old has also managed in more Premier League games than any other boss, taking charge of the Gunners for over 800 games in the English top-flight.
Vieira early front-runner for the job
One of Wenger’s invincible team, Patrick Vieira is the early front-runner for the job with the bookmakers. The veteran Arsenal boss has even given his seal of approval for his former captain to replace him in the Gunners hot seat.
However, there are many high-profile bosses reportedly in the frame to take the job, with likes of Joachim Low, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri also touted as potential replacements for Wenger.
One thing is for sure, Arsene Wenger will be a difficult man to replace. The flow of trophies may have dried up of late, but he was once a true football innovator and that must be celebrated, rather than the negatives.
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