Arsene Wenger is finally set to step down and call it a day at the end of the season.
Wenger celebrates his 20th anniversary as Gunners boss this season. But according to reports, it may well be his last at the club.
The Frenchman has been a faithful servant to the club, and will go down as one of the best managers in the history of the game. In 20 years at Arsenal, he has managed to win six FA Cup titles, six FA Community shields and three Premier League titles.
His biggest achievement at the club came in the 2003-04 season, when his ‘Invincibles’ became the first ever team to win the Premier League unbeaten. Overall, they finished with 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 defeats. A special Golden Premier League trophy was handed to them to commemorate the incredible achievement.
Wenger has won several individual honours in his time as Arsenal manager as well, and was inducted into the English Football Hall Of Fame in 2006.
Despite his incredible history with the Gunners, the unbeaten season remains the last Premier League title Arsenal have ever won.
Wenger has come in for a lot of criticism from his own fans, who have started calling for him to retire or be sacked. Many believe Wenger is holding the club back, and believe his time is over. His stingy behaviour in the transfer market and his policy against spending big money on big players despite given the appropriate ammunition has been met with fury from the Gooners fan base.
According to reports in the Daily Star, the Arsenal hierarchy are prepared for the Frenchman’s departure at the end of the season. The reports suggest that current Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is among the favourites to replace the 66-year-old, but any chance of him getting the job would depend on whether Bournemouth manage to avoid relegation this season.
Wenger is yet to extend his current contract with Arsenal, which expires at the end of the season, and many see this as an indication of his decision to walk away at the conclusion of the ongoing campaign.
While it may be the end of an era at Arsenal, it is yet to be confirmed as to whether Wenger will retire from management entirely.
He was heavily linked with the England National team after Roy Hodgson walked away, but that opportunity seems to have passed him by after the appointment of Sam Allardyce as the new boss. However, he may yet look to manage a national team before finally walking away from the game for good.