Last week, Arsene Wenger, the longtime manager of Arsenal announced he will step down from his managerial duties at the conclusion of the season. He’s been at the helm since 1996, winning three English Premier League titles as well as a record seven FA Cups.
Wenger’s departure has been seen coming for a while now primarily due to Arsenal’s struggles as of late. Regardless of how Wenger’s last few years went, his legacy as one of the greatest managers in the history of the English Premier League will go on and will forever be remembered. In other words, while his last few years were unsuccessful, his tenure overall was a success and the soccer world will remember him for his success. Wenger’s loyalty to the club was beyond question because he turned down nearly a dozen managerial jobs over the years to remain at Arsenal. Rory Smith of the New York Times says Wenger changed the nature of English soccer.
Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager of Manchester United, praises Wenger and his success. “I have great respect for him and for the job he’s done at Arsenal,” he said. “He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.”
Legendary French Footballer, Thierry Henry, who played for Arsenal from 1999 to 2007, has mixed reactions about Wenger leaving Arsenal. “It’s a sad day for me to see the big man leaving the club,” he said. “Once you announce that you’re leaving, people are going to talk about your legacy and his legacy is untouchable. I am happy that now we can all talk about his legacy.”
Arsenal has begun their search for Wenger’s successor, but to no avail. It was rumored that Joachim Low, the manager of the German National Soccer Team, is on Arsenal’s list of candidates to be Wenger’s successor. Several other names are on the list too, but there’s nothing big to report yet on the matter. Wenger’s departure is ideal as the time has come to move on, but not just for Arsenal, but for Wenger, too. Basically, they need to address the future of the team and Wenger needs to move on to the next chapter of his life and career in soccer.
As far Wenger goes, Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly looking to appoint him as the club’s new president. A front office job is ideal, but Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of returning to managerial duties.