Arsene Wenger reveals he will step down at Arsenal in wake of Newcastle defeat

Arsene Wenger is to step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years at the club.

Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger (Pic: Stephen Dobson)
Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

Wenger, the Premier League's longest-serving manager, will leave his post at the end of the season.

The decision comes in the wake of last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James's Park.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table after another disappointing domestic campaign.

In a statement, 68-year-old Wenger said: "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.”