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Arsene Wenger REVEALS all about his departure in his pre-match programme notes

Arsene Wenger reveals all about his decision in his pre-match programme notes
Wenger announced on Friday that he will be leaving at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to finish the season on a high despite announcing his departure after 22 years at the club.

The Gunners face West Ham on Sunday in what is Wengers first game in charge of the club since his shock announcement on Friday.

There have been a host of names already touted as future replacements for the Frenchman, including Patrick Vieira and Brendan Rodgers, but Wenger is still fully focused on completing the season strongly.

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Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures

West Ham (H) – Sun Apr 22
Atletico Madrid (Europa League) (H) – Thurs April 26
Manchester United (A) – Sun Apr 29
Atletico Madrid (Europa League) (A) – Thurs May 3
Burnley (H) – Sun May 6
Leicester City (A) – Wed May 9
Huddersfield (A) – Sun May 13

Im sure you are all aware that, 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, Wenger said in Arsenals programme.

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I do not want to say too much now, but as I said on Friday I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club with full commitment and integrity for so many memorable years.

For now there are still seven football matches to play this season.

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I want to finish these notes by offering thanks to the staff, the players, the directors and the fans who make this club so special. My love and support for Arsenal will last forever and I urge our fans to stand behind the team so we can finish on a high.

After the clash against the Hammers, Arsenal face Atletico Madrid in the semi-final first leg on Thursday, their last chance of claiming silverware this season.

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