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Arsene Wenger Stepping Down

Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:42 pm

Arsene Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years at the club
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will step down from his role at the end of the season.
Wenger, 68, will leave a year before his existing contract was due to expire having led the club to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during a 22-year reign.
Appointed on 1 October 1996, the Frenchman is the Premier League's current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.





Arsene Wenger has tipped former Arsenal midfielder and New York City boss Patrick Vieira as his replacement
Wenger himself said on Thursday that former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira "has the potential" to succeed him as manager.
The club's majority owner Stan Kroenke asked Arsenal fans around the world to pay an appropriate tribute to the Frenchman who transformed the identity of the club.

He told Arsenal's website: "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. 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.

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"We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal's history and one of the greats of the game."
Sunday's 2-1 defeat defeat to Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.

Arsene Wenger had one year left on his current Arsenal contract
Arsenal finished outside the league's top four last season for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club in 1996, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.
They face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final with the first leg to come on April 26.

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Re: Arsene Wenger Stepping Down

Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:43 pm

Can't say I like him, but I respect what he did in the first half of his career at Arsenal. Stuck around way to long and probably tarnished his legacy a bit. Definitely an end of an era for the Premiereship though.


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Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:47 am

I like him. Top manager and a great guy.

Some of my favourite Wenger moments:

- The time he leant forward to a journalist as if he was going to attack and said 'why are you looking at me?' during an interview, was told 'because it's your interview' and he said 'OK'.

- His comments about David Bowie after he died.

- His attempt at unzipping his coat pocket.

- That picture of him surrounded by about five hot babes. Wengy 😎

I'd like Arsenal to win the EL, so he can have a good send off and end on a high.


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Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:32 am

Its a pity it went on this long. He should've gone after the last FA cup win, gone out on a high and be a hero. This is like putting a dying gazelle out of it's misery.

Well done to him for all he achieved however, I enjoyed the United Arsenal rivalry more than any other


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Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Ian Wright is convinced he got sacked. Sort of makes sense, they have had a bad season, even by their recent standards. Should be a good reminder to anyone in sports, go out on a high, keep your legacy intact. Don't want to redirect this thread, but as an example Rooney was my favourite player for years, have multiple Rooney shirts, but now I hate him and baulk at any thing he says or any mention of how something he did was legendary to United. Leave when everyone still loves you, go somewhere else, you may not make new fans, but the fans of your previous club are more likely to still love and defend you if you are stinking it up somewhere else, but if you start affecting their team things will change quickly.


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Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:01 pm

I think the same. He was told to either retire/resign or be sacked.

The statement by Stan Kronke spoke volumes for me.



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Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:48 pm

Wengers going is way over due but personally I would like him to stick around because his team have become almost an automatic three points. I hope their next manager is as piss poor as Wenger.


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Re: Arsene Wenger Stepping Down

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:52 pm

ArizonaRed wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:48 pm
Wengers going is way over due but personally I would like him to stick around because his team have become almost an automatic three points. I hope their next manager is as piss poor as Wenger.
Considering how United have struggle post SAF I think Arsenal is in for a rough ride.


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Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:54 pm

Relly wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:52 pm
ArizonaRed wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:48 pm
Wengers going is way over due but personally I would like him to stick around because his team have become almost an automatic three points. I hope their next manager is as piss poor as Wenger.
Considering how United have struggle post SAF I think Arsenal is in for a rough ride.
I think it will go the other way tbh. SAF and United were successful right up to the day he retired; a change of manager at Arsenal was needed; fresh ideas and a new face will likely galvanise the club.

If anyone was a casualty of 'big money' in the PL then it was Wenger. Sure, he spent big on a few players, but he could never invest in 2-3 big names per summer to compete with City, Chelsea, and, to a certain extent, United. With that in mind, bringing Arsenal Champions League football every season (until last) is a great achievement. His biggest failure was fornicate up the league when Leicester won.

I genuinely hope he goes out with a bang by winning the Europa League. After 22 years at the top, he deserves a successful swansong.


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