July 12, 2012
In a shocking announcement today, Arsène Wenger declared his resignation as manager of Arsenal FC. After 16 years, the Frenchman was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training, and diet regimens revitalised Arsenal and aided the globalisation of the sport in the 21st century.
Wenger's departure comes after a poor performance for Arsenal in the 2011–12 EPL season. Arsenal's UEFA Champions League campaign also proved unsuccessful, falling at the first hurdle in the knockout stage, with a 4–0 defeat at Milan ultimately proving fatal. Exiting the FA Cup at the fifth round stage at the hands of Sunderland, and the League Cup in the quarter-finals against Manchester City, the two domestic cups were also out of Arsenal's reach.
During his time with Arsenal, Wenger's team lifted the English Community Shield in 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2004, won the EPL three times between 1998 and 2004, and won the FA Cup 4 times between 1998 and 2005.