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PREM WENGER TO LEAVE ARSENAL

WENGER TO LEAVE ARSENAL

20th April 2018

The FA Cup Semi-Finals curtail the Premier League programme this weekend - but there's only one real story - that after 22 years at the helm Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

Wenger still has a year left on his contract but has called it a day with some beliving he has been nudged towards the exit door by the Arsenal hierarchy.

Wenger has alreday said his focus is to win the Europa League and Arsenal have a vital sem against Atletico to overcome.

Former Manchester United boss Ferguson paid tribute to his "professionalism, talent and determination".

Ex-Gunners striker Thierry Henry said Wenger leaves "an untouchable legacy".

Wenger won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

"I am pleased he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves," said Ferguson, who won 13 league titles in 26 years at Old Trafford, before retiring in 2013.

"He is, without 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.

"It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves."

His last game may well be the Europa Cup final - ironically his last league game is away at Huddersfield Town - and the irony won't be lost on Arsenal die-hards as their previous greatest manager - Herbert Chapman also took Huddersfield Town to three straight titles between the wars.

Expect a ruck of changes for the visit of improving West Ham on Sunday and backing the hammers with a goal start has real merit.

Joe