After 21 years in charge of Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The 68 years old Frenchman took charge of the club in October 1996, and has won 3 Premier League titles and a record 7 FA Cups during his tenure.

Here is Arsène Wenger’s full statement on the club’s website below:

“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.

“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.”

Arsene Wenger