There has been various tributes pouring in as Frenchman manager Arsene Wenger announces his 22-year tenure would come to an end this year.
In an emotional statement on the club website, Wenger announced his intention to step down come the end of the season.
A steady decline in recent years has led to calls for his departure to grow ever louder, however, with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups on his resume, many are calling for fans to back the club over the final weeks and give the 68-year-old the send of he deserves.
Ex-Arsenal players Ian Wright and Sol Campbell both expressed their shock at the announcement, while David Seaman called on Gunners fans to show the respect Wenger has earned during his remaining games.
— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) April 20, 2018
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who faced Wenger’s Arsenal at their best, tweeted: “Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English Football.
“The ‘98 team was amazing. The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them.
Former Arsenal Kanu Nwankwo in his reactions to Wenger’s resignation while sharing a photo of him and wenger wrote;
Big shoes for anyone to fill, playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career, 2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players, influencing millions of fans in West Africa to support this great club are some of the memories that come to fore today but above all the privilege to have played for a gentleman like Wenger is most cherished.
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Big shoes for anyone to fill,playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career, 2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players,influencing millions of fans in Africa to support this great club. pic.twitter.com/tILZo70jBE
— Kanu Nwankwo (@papilokanu) April 20, 2018
Hector Bellerin expresses his indebtedness to Arsene
Personally a very sad day. I am forever in debt to this man. The person who had faith in me and gave me a platform to progress. Thank you for all the memories and trophies boss ❤ pic.twitter.com/EP26M6TP3W
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) April 20, 2018
Jack Wilshere expresses his gratitude in a heartfelt message;
To the man who gave me my chance as a 16 year old, and showed unbeliveable faith and commitment towards me. Always a gentleman, like a father through tough times in my career. He always believed in me when most people didn't. Thank you for everything boss! It's down to us no… pic.twitter.com/wTmjTSYwNx
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) April 20, 2018