Arsenal must be 'open-minded' in finding new manager, says CEO

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He added on Wenger: "Arsene is one of the managers that has had a great influence in football".

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Wenger, said the Frenchman's impact on the game in England and worldwide "has been huge".

Premier League record breaker and history maker Arsene Wenger will no longer be in charge at Arsenal as from next season.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte can not see another manager matching Arsene Wenger's 22-year Arsenal tenure in the years to come.

And while Wenger has been criticised by supporters at times in recent years, he has retained an unquestioned respect in the game, not least from his rival managers.

It is reminded, Wenger was hired by Arsenal in September of 1996, and in the years after his appointment he changed English soccer forever.

The Gunners haven't won the Premier League for 14 years and will miss out on Champions League qualification for the second successive season unless they win the Europa League, where they face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. I am so happy to see everyone showing gratitude and respect today because you more than deserve it. Thank you Boss.

The Arsenal CEO said the timing of the announcement would allow the club's fans to give Wenger a strong send-off.

"My love and support forever".

It was Wenger's sixth winners' medal, and his seventh in 2016-17 made him the most successful manager in the competition's history.

"Recently people were always confusing what he is doing at the minute and his legacy", Henry told Sky Sports.

Thierry HenryHis legacy is untouchable.

Winning the Europa League is now Arsenal's only realistic way of Wenger bequeathing his successor a place next season in the more illustrious Champions League.

"It is extraordinary what he did at Arsenal, unbelievable success", said Farke.

"You can not now look back on the first eight, nine years of his tenure and not think great things about the way he transformed English football, the way he transformed the way Arsenal played football and so, in a way, it is a bittersweet day".

Over the last ten years of managing in the Premier League before dropping down to the Championship with Middlesbrough, Pulis has had numerous encounters with Wenger during spells with Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom. Move over Herbert. Arsene Wenger [is] the greatest Arsenal manager. The closest they came was in 2006 when a young side was edged out 2-1 in the final by Barcelona.

"When I thought about Arsenal a few years ago they were also a role model in terms of the style of play".

But now, after years of under-achievement, months of discontented rumblings and weeks of empty Emirates seats, Wenger has finally decided - or been persuaded - that the game is up.