After a 31-year managerial career that started at Nancy-Lorraine, took him to Monaco and Nagoya, and saw him become Arsenal’s longest serving manager, Arsène Wenger has decided to retire from football at the age of 65.
Wenger collected eleven trophies during his 19 seasons in North London, with Europa League success in 2014 (and UEFA Super Cup success later that summer), as well as three Premier League titles and winning the FA Cup four times. Arsenal also reached the Champions League Final twice, losing to Barcelona in 2006 and Bayern Munich in 2013.
The club finished in the top three thirteen times under Wenger’s tenure, but finished in their lowest position for twenty years as they ended this season in 8th, but still qualified for continental football by winning the Capital One Cup back in February.
Countryman Laurent Blanc is favourite for the vacancy at the Emirates Stadium after he guided Saint-Etienne to 6th place in Ligue 1 last season, though David Moyes (Bilbao), Manuel Pellegrini (Braga), and Oleg Luzhnyi (Zenit) are also rumoured to be on the shortlist.