So, Arsene Wenger will end his 22-year reign at Arsenal at the end of the season.
On Friday, Wenger shocked the football world by announcing he will step down as manager next month, after being at the club since 1996.
While the Frenchman may have had his criticisms in recent years, it’s now time for everyone to pay tribute to Le Professeur.
For 24 hours, social media has been awash with football fans, pundits and players posting their own respects to Wenger.
They may not have won the league since 2004, but Arsenal fans are starting to remember all the good moments with Wenger at the helm once again.
Wenger will be remembered for leading Arsenal to three Premier League crowns - including the incredible ‘Invincible’ season - and seven FA Cups.
But there are also all the small gestures that Wenger has performed that Arsenal fans will remember fondly.
WHAT WENGER DID VS EVERTON IN 2016
And one of those occurred back in March 2016 in a match against Everton at Goodison Park.
One lucky young Everton fan was invited to join Martinez in the dugout ahead of kick-off against Arsenal and how Wenger greeted him was just brilliant.
After shaking Martinez’s hand, Wenger saw the young lad, did a double-take before giving him a firm handshake of his own.
It was a small gesture but one that the little boy will probably remember for the rest of his life.
And after announcing that he will leave at the end of the season, hundreds of Arsenal fans have been sharing the brilliant clip on Twitter.
In fact, it’s made plenty of them a little bit emotional.
Whether it was his own decision to resign or if ‘jumped before he was pushed’ is a bit unclear at the moment.
One thing is for sure, Arsenal’s next manager will have a tough job to follow in Wenger’s footsteps.
We’re already witnessed how tough Manchester United found it tough to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after his 26-year spell and the north London club could well have a similar problem with replacing Wenger.
One thing is for sure, Wenger’s final few matches in charge of Arsenal will be very emotional. And in a statement on Friday morning, he explained exactly why he was making this decision.
“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,” Wenger said.
“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.
“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 forever.”
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