Emirates became something of a millstone for Arsene Wenger

Emirates became something of a millstone for Arsene Wenger

For several fans, who are reasonably devastated by recent developments from the hitherto inspirational football club, the news came so suddenly that it was too hard to believe.

Gazidis paid tribute to Wenger on Friday after the long-time Arsenal boss announced he will step down after his 22nd season in charge, saying his contributions will never be matched and that "you don't find a replacement for Arsene Wenger".

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said there have been no discussions on finding a new Arsenal manager following Arsene Wenger's resignation from the club.

This follows the 68-year-old surprise decision to end his 22-year romance with Arsenal despite having one more year left in his running contract.

"His achievements at Arsenal are a testimony to his commitment and love for the club". "He's been here for 21 years - he's done well for the club but his decision making with players has gone a bit pear-shaped". Here he reacts furiously to Mourinho remarking in 2005 that Wenger was a "voyeur" for constantly talking about Chelsea.

Wenger arrived at the Emirates with Ferguson's United at the peak of their powers but immediately threw down the gauntlet, winning the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1998, before repeating the feat four years later.

Gazidis also lauded Wenger's competitive edge.

However, the last two seasons have seen Arsenal slip, with a record amount of defeats during Wenger's tenure and a second-consecutive season outside of the Champions League, leading to more lost revenue. Prior to Wenger, no one had really challenged Ferguson's Premier League supremacy.

"Or could someone with a strong link to the club, like a Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry, be the answer?" For his innovative approach to the game, Wenger was nicknamed the "Professor".

It was announced on Friday morning that the face of Arsenal would be leaving his club, and with that the pair's rivalry would be no longer. They were playing a style unseen before in the Premier League and the league couldn't handle it. Wenger had immediate success at Arsenal.

But then, in the past few seasons, there has been a gradual decline in the club's performance.

Arsenal fans have responded to the 29-year-old former Southampton star's tweet. Since its loss to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final, Arsenal has struggled endlessly in the Europe elite football championship.

"That match against Wigan they won 4-2".

For Wenger's final game in charge to come in the Europa League final in his homeland in Lyon next month, Arsenal need to get past Spanish giants Atletico Madrid over two legs in their semi-final on April 27 and May 4.

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov also released a statement of his own.

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