Arsenal: Arsene Wenger resigns after 22 years

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Road now opens for those secretly eyeing his position

* Tension to calm down in Emirates as protesting fans can come back

* Lazy players may look elsewhere as stroll-football ends

* Money bags can take over

* Attention must be paid to midfield defence

By Codratus Godson

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal has resigned. He said he would stand down at the end of the season as Arsenal manager. By this, all the tension in the club would die down. Those sabotaging him to edge him out would now go for victory lap.

It also means that lazy players hiding under the Wenger tension would be exposed and would look for clubs because the next manager would not touch them. A new playing pattern is expected to emerge and intensity would be needed as a new style.

Also, those who want Arsenal to join in mega buys can now have their way. It could also be time for improvements in some departments such as midfield defence.

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In a statement published on the club’s official website, he 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.”

Meanwhile, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke expressed his thanks to the Frenchman for his service to the north London side.

“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport,” he said. “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsne has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.

“Arsene has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.

“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game.

“We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”