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Frenchman Arsene Wenger has announced that he will step down as manager of Arsenal at the end of the season.

Wenger has been Arsenal’s manager for 22 years but has come under intense pressure in recent years as the club failed to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League.

The 68-year-old through a statement on Arsenal’s official website said it was the right time for him to quit.

“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 in a statement.

“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 for ever.”

The Frenchman is Arsenal’s most successful manager with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies.