Friday morning came as a surprise to not only Arsenal fans but the rest of the Premier League.

The Gunners’ long-time manager, Arséne Wenger, has confirmed his resignation at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

A whirlwind of emotions has been shared across multimedia platforms with positive and negative comments about the 68-year-old Frenchman.

The general reaction of Arsenal fans to the news has been heartache and respect for their head coach even though they have been frustrated by performances in recent seasons.

In a statement issued to the club’s official website, Wenger emphasised his gratitude towards the club having served for more than two decades in north London.

“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,” he said.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years”.

Arséne has urged the fans to keep the levels of support high after he leaves in May and explained that he holds the team close to his heart.

Ranking among one of the longest serving and most successful managers in history, Wenger has also got a response from another great – Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson – who labelled the Arsenal manager as ‘One of the Greatest’.

In his list of achievements with the Gunners, Arséne Wenger has won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields.

His biggest achievement without a doubt was his Invincibles title run, where he went undefeated in the 2003/04 season.

In a total of 823 Premier League games, Wenger’s Arsenal has won 473 games and lost 151.

The Gunners’ recent form has been criticised by fans and pundits alike but now the question on everyone’s mind is who will replace the 68-year-old?

Many have speculated that Unai Emery is a favourite after Thomas Tuchel decided to join Paris Saints Germain in the Summer. AS Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim has also been linked to a move to the Emirates.

However, it seems like the fans’ favourites for the next Arsenal manager are Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.

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