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Premier League On this Day: Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks to the fans following his final match at the Emirates Stadium.

Can you believe it’s been two years since Arsene Wenger announced he would be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the conclusion of the 2017-18 Premier League season?

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Wenger revolutionized the management game and achieved something well beyond legendary status during his 22 years at Arsenal, but you’ll undoubtedly recall the discord which festered during his final few years at the helm, effectively backing the Frenchman into a corner and creating a nearly untenable environment to extend his tenure.

It didn’t matter that Wenger won the PL title three times — including the “Invincibles” season, the only side to ever finish the season unbeaten — or that he won the FA Cup a record seven times — including three out of four seasons from 2014-2017. Looking back, it was astonishing and absurd to watch lifelong fans — many of whom had never known another Arsenal manger — turn on Wenger.

Of course, he remained supremely classy until his final game in charge (above video) and showed one final time why he’s one of the greatest to ever do it.

Arsenal fans, does it feel like it’s been longer or shorter than two years? If you were part of the #WengerOut brigade, are you pleased with what has transpired at your club since Wenger left the Emirates Stadium, or do you perhaps wish the legend had stuck around a little longer?

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