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How the Arsenal dressing room reacted to Arsene Wenger announcing his exit

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There was a feeling of shock across the footballing world after Arsene Wenger announced he would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years in the summer. 

It seems every name in English football has reacted to the news from Gary Neville to Jack Wilshere to Sir Alex Ferguson.

His influence and success in north London may have waned in recent seasons, but nobody has forgotten what he has done for the Premier League.

Wenger revolutionised the style of play in England, how professional footballers trained and even minor details such as an athlete's diet and the architecture of Arsenal's dressing room. 

Above anything else, however, it is the sheer time span of Wenger's tenure at Arsenal that makes the news so shocking and even the Arsenal players were given little warning.

Wenger told his Arsenal players last minute

It has been revealed in the aftermath of the news that the squad was told just minutes before the news broke to the public.

The decision certainly seems bizarre and one that could generate shock ahead of the run-in and crucial Europa League ties, even if the writing had been on the wall since the League Cup final defeat.

What actually happened in the dressing room when the players were told, though?

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What happened in the dressing room

Well, the press quickly descended on Arsenal's training ground after the announcement and beIN Sport spoke to a number of players around the complex to figure out what happened.

In the end, the publication was able to gather a very clear picture of the series of event behind the scenes and it makes for very interesting reading.

The reporter revealed on Twitter: "Club officials are in tears and players in absolute shock.

"The players were in the meeting room this morning, Arsene Wenger came in and delivered the news. He said: 'I have bad news for you, I'm leaving the club at the end of the season.'

"He made it clear that he's enjoyed his time here but they have the opportunity to go out and win the Europa League and enjoy glory in his final season.

"I spoke to players and they said that everyone was simply looking at each other and no one knew what to say.

"And then their captain Per Mertesacker stood up and encouraged the players to put on a performance befitting of their greatest ever manager at Arsenal and guide this team to glory in the Europa League.

"I asked players what was said after Wenger and Mertesacker spoke and they said: 'nothing.'

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"In fact, after Wenger had left the room, the only noise was of chairs scraping as players left."

The effect of Wenger's departure on Arsenal as a football club simply can't be comprehended. 

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Arsene Wenger
Gary Neville
Europa League
Football
Per Mertesacker

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