End of an era for Arsenal
An era is coming to an end at Arsenal FC, as manager Arsène Wenger today announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996 and has led the club to three league titles and seven FA Cup wins, including two FA Cup / League “Doubles”. Perhaps his most famous success was the “Invincibles” season of 2003-04, when Arsenal went the entire 38-game season without losing a game, a feat never achieved before in modern English football.
Wenger outside Islington Town Hall at the 2014 FA Cup victory celebrations.
More recently he brought the FA Cup to Emirates Stadium in three of the last four seasons, with victory parades in 2014 and 2015 that brought thousands of fans to Islington’s streets, and making Arsenal the team that has currently won more FA Cups than any other.
Wenger is the longest-serving manager in English professional football, and one of Islington’s most recognisable faces.
Wenger is granted the Freedom of Islington in 2004.
In 2004 he was awarded Islington’s highest civic honour, the Freedom of the Borough, in recognition of the “Invincibles” success.
Arsenal FC are in the semi-finals of this year’s Europa League, and we wish them and Arsène good luck as they aim to finish the season, and his Arsenal career, on a high.