Arsene Wenger has finally made the big announcement.

The Arsenal fans have now got what they wanted, the manager announcing his resignation at the end of this season.

Despite Arsene Wenger delivering three FA Cup wins in the last four years, the Arsenal supporters have continued to campaign against him, the last home match seeing the Emirates almost half empty.

This to a background of only Manchester City having a better Premier League home record this season. A League Cup final and currently only one step away from the Europa League final, haven’t quelled the unrest.

Ironic though that Arsene Wenger has taken the decision after losing at Newcastle last Sunday.

Maybe it was the shock of that 2-1 defeat…as Arsenal had lost only one of the previous 22 matches against Newcastle and had actually won 10 in a row leading up to last weekend.

Needless to say, neutrals are now desperate to see things really implode at the Emirates, to teach the graceless Arsenal fans a major lesson after their embarrassing behaviour.

The bookies have instantly put up the early betting for a replacement (see all the odds below) and Rafa Benitez finds himself fifth favourite at 16/1.

Early favourite is out of work Thomas Tuchel at 2/1, sacked by Borussia Dortmund in May 2017 despite a 63% match winning record at the club.

A number of former playing heroes also feature, with Patrick Vieira at 5/1, Thierry Henry 16/1, and Dennis Bergkamp 33/1.

I think that kind of scenario could be ideal, Arsenal fans watching things really go downhill and then giving an idol the kind of abuse they gave Arsene Wenger.

Of course Alan Pardew at 66/1 would be the real dream choice!

Official Arsenal press release via their official website:

Arsene Wenger has issued the following statement:

“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.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.

“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

“My love and support for ever.

Arsene Wenger

Followed by…

Stan Kroenke:

Majority owner Stan Kroenke said: “This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.

“Arsene has unparalleled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude. Three Premier League titles, including an entire season unbeaten, seven FA Cup triumphs and 20 successive years in the Champions League is an exceptional record. He has also transformed the identity of our club and of English football with his vision for how the game can be played.

“We have high ambitions to build on Arsène’s remarkable tenure and to honour his vision by ensuring that Arsenal competes for and wins the biggest and most important prizes in the game.

“We must now focus on making a strong finish to the season and ask our millions of fans around the world to join us in paying appropriate tribute to one of the greats of Arsenal’s history and one of the greats of the game.”

Arsene will lead the team to the end of the season and we will make an appointment as soon as possible. The club will not be making any further comment on the selection process until an appointment is made.

Betting  on who will be the next Arsenal permanent manager:

2/1 Thomas Tuchel

5/1 Carlo Ancellotti

5/1 Patrick Vieira

8/1 Joachim Low

16/1 Rafa Benitez

16/1 Thierry Henry

16/1 Brendan Rodgers

Selected interesting others:

33/1 Dennis Bergkamp

40/1 Zinedine Zidane

66/1 Alan Pardew

66/1 Sam Allardyce

66/1 Claudio Ranieri

View all the BetVictor odds on next permanent Arsenal manager HERE

  • Leazes.

    A lot of empty seats has maybe prompted discussions behind the scenes there!

    • Coach Clagnut

      There’s much to detest about the game not least of all the shift to remove the working class, whose shoulders the modern game stands on.
      I reckon the old Highbury faithfull still turn up come what may but the modern fans only consider success to be the European Cup or First Division title. This new breed has not, and never will have, any long term loyalty to any club they currently claim to support.
      The fickle, self-absorbed middle-classes and the idle rich sadly now control the beautiful game in this country and the utterly corrupt now control the international game.

      The German model of ownership should be pre-eminent throughout the world and both Sky and F.I.F.A. should disappear up their own ringpieces.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    One can only hope that Arsenal will now go into free fall and win nothing for years. Now that’s what I call justice.

  • Alan Pardew

    I always thought I should be a manager at a big club.

  • Fatwatch

    Wenger has been one of the top three Premier League managers for me. He’s had a rough couple of seasons (not qualifying for the Champions League boohoo) and it’s probably right for him to go. They have some world class players and probably need a fresh look at how they are organised.
    But the way the some Arsenal fans have reacted has been shocking. 20-30,000 fans at home games is pathetic. I hope and predict they finish mid-table next season. Why do they deserve top 6 finish when they can’t even be bothered to turn up and support their team!

  • Peter

    Some of those Arsenal fans who wanted Wenger out, want to be careful what they wish for… Look at Liverpool after Dalglish left, Man U after Busby and Ferguson left, Leeds after Revie, Forest after Clough e.t.c. We shall see…

  • Rabid Dog

    There’s only one winner here. BetVictor.

  • robbersdog

    It has to be the ‘dream team’ of Pardew and Carver, ie, football’s answer to Laurel and Hardy.

    • Peter Robson

      Laurel and Hardy were comedy geniuses !!!

  • Peter Robson

    Pardew and (I worked with Sir Bobby Robson) Carver should be sending in their CV´s right about now !! I´d love to see how their fans reacted then !!

  • Philip Robinson

    Your facts are miles out. 20/1 best price and Benitez is 8th in the betting. Rogers is a shorter price and you have failed to mention Allegri and Jardim………Either Lazy or sensationalism trying to stir the pot….you decide

  • ghostrider

    Let’s hope they get a Bruce Rioch type to make them appreciate what they have/had.

  • TheFatController

    I think it’s unfair to judge arsenal fans too harshly, it does seem as though Wenger was making mistakes, which is fine so long as you learn from them, but their decline from top 4 contenders is a fact, and his fault. He’s not competing with Pep and Klopp, fact.

    However, he deserves respect, yet it seems a lot of their fans see themselves as entitled to pour hate and complete disrespect on him, and that’s why they have such a bad name – had they been respectful, I think people would listen to their complaints at falling behind.

    As for Rafa, if he believes a takeover could happen in the next two years I think he’ll stay, but if he thinks he’s stuck with Ashley and guessing the future, he’d have to go, it’d drive anyone crazy waiting for Mike’s Sky interview every August to know what the current exaggerations, lies and excuses are.

  • gallowgate26

    boom, boom, boom, another one bites the dust… wasn’t Hughes away after the second time we beat them as well, or was that someone else? I hope they get a Pardew or an Allardyce (won’t happen but someone similar) THAT will give them something to REALLY moan about. Waaaah!! I may be wrong but I can’t see a real top, top manager going to a club on the way down. As for Rafa, don’t be ridiculous, he could get us to their level in the next two years with a new owner.

  • Paul Patterson

    Big Sam!!! Please, please, please. Come on Arsenal, give him the chance he’s craved..

  • Peaky

    Wenger would be a good choice for England manager after Southgate fu*ks the World Cup up….and I don’t normally agree with foreign coaches for the national job…

    • Alan Pardew

      When people ask me about England … well, if I was still at Newcastle, I’d be pretty keen on that England job.

      • Rich Lawson

        Maybe in the hospitality suite,Carver could bring the (Gregg’s) pies round as you schmooze the punters ?

      • Peaky

        You’d be a shoe in….nee bother…

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s hard to see who gets it next,we’re running out of choices ?

    • Wor Lass

      Im going to stick my neck out. I think Southgate is an FA lapdog but I also like the direction he`s taking the squad. Emphasis on playing the ball on the ground, keeping posession and bringing in young talent. He`s looking way beyond this world cup and I reckon it`s the right thing to do. Depending on fitness of key players, England could surprise a few people out there. Sits back and awaits torrent of abuse!!

      • Peaky

        I hope you’re right….England fans need to manage their expectations better and just see what pans out instead of thinking we are unbeatable and been distraught when we fall at the first hurdle…have you got hot weather now in France ???

        • Wor Lass

          Roasting (the weather, that is!) – is the rain in the Peak district horizontal or vertical?

          • Peaky

            Been hot/sunny for 2 days in a row now….that’ll be it for the year….

          • Wor Lass

            Did summer fall on a weekend in thePeak district this year?

          • Peaky

            Touch and go whether it’ll reach tomorrow….5 months snow….a few dry/sunny days here & there then 6 months monsoon…

      • Rich Lawson

        No abuse,I just don’t think the team is good enough,the standard of English players has been slowly eroded by Sky’s money bringing in so many mercenaries and destroying the progression of lower league talent and opportunities for home grown players to get into the 1st team.

        • Wor Lass

          But the younger age groups have had massive success at Euro and world levels. Those players are starting to feed through. Not only are they great talents but they know how to manage a tournament.

          • Rich Lawson

            Enjoyed the under 23’s world cup win,but I do think a lot of them will just get moved on rather than becoming 1st team regular’s.There’s to much onus on instant success for fear of losing the money.Woodman is sat on the bench at Aberdeen after his penalty heroics,I really want to see him come back and challenge for the No1 next season ?

          • Wor Lass

            Agree about Woodman but a fair few of the young players are making an impact in the PL and the Championship. You don`t need that many to add to an England squad. Also, the guys who are managing these teams to tournament success should be having more input into the Senior 11.

      • Weyhhadaway

        I might actually start watching England again if he is manager. Even if it is just for the classic excuses at the end of the game. Joking apart he would at least play good football and he isn’t afraid of playing young hungry players. Oh no, I hope the FA aren’t reading this, that last statement will never get him the job.

  • Rich Lawson

    Shameful that he has been forced out by the mob before his contract ends,over the years I have loved watching some of the sublime football Arsenal have played under him.I hope he wins the Europa and sticks two fingers up to the crowd as he disappears down the tunnel(but he’s to classy for that)

    • Peaky

      Agree,on their day a few years back they were brilliant to watch….could probably give the current Man City a run for their money.

      • Paul Patterson

        On a quarter of the spend . .

        • Peaky

          Very very valid point…

    • Wor Lass

      Right on every count, there!

  • NUFCDan

    Arsenal don’t want Rafa – 100% sure of this. My worry would be if Arsenal get Max Allegri (a lot of the bookies have him as favourite) then Benitez would seems perfect to manage Juventus.

    • nufcslf

      That is totally down to one fat c**t and if he doesn’t back Rafa yet again. He will need to be forced to leave and won’t just jump ship at the first opportunity.

    • Leazes.

      Not a cat in Hells chance…. Arsenal will be looking for someone who is relatively young with a brain.

  • Weyhhadaway

    we all love to have a go at the whinger but at the end of the day they were so good that we were always glad to stay within a goal or two of them if we were honest. His teams do play good to watch football.

    Those ungrateful, over expectant so called fans who slagged him off might just wish they had kept their gobs shut in the coming seasons. It may take a couple of tries to find a manager to keep them on the champions league gravy train.

    I don’t think it would be the end of the world to get a straight swap if they or someone else do decide to go for Rafa. I don’t want to lose Rafa, don’t get me wrong, however, a fresh start for Wenger at a new club is going to benefit someone, so why not us? if we need it.

  • East Durham Mag

    Listening to Talksport in the car made me realise there’s some great supporters of Arsenal but quite a lot of ungrateful [email protected] too. If they had to put up with muppets like Sham, Souness, JFK, Carver, Pardew and Shteve (sorry if i have missed anyone others) oh yeah Gullit, they could moan. Top 4 most years, trophies and Champions league it must be hard.

  • Leazes.

    At the end of the day Arsenal fans know what they want and aren’t afraid to do what they need to for the sake of their club….. that is the difference if Wenger had been here winning three tin pots he would have had a statue built, the press would make him untouchable and the club would then slowly sink into the sunset for the next thirty years because our fans deify individuals and that really isn’t good!

    We’ve spent out time castigating them but I’m not saying its undeserved just unwarranted in the light of other clubs who win nothing. Arsenal get a lot of sponsorship which needs European TV exposure, their failure to land a place has had an effect …. change!

    Empty seats and no Champions League and the sponsors are having words….you can bet on it!

  • Peaky

    To be fair to Wenger he’s never been the same since Matt Ritchie snaffled his ‘Magic Hat’….

  • Old Geordie

    What the heck is going on? Sky devoting all this evening’s air time to Wenger. Never the best manager in the Premier league despite his achievements. I subscribe £100 per month to Sky, admittedly that includes broadband and telephone and I expect something better for my money.

  • GToon

    Shame for Wenger. He’s done a great job with them, doing it the right way instead of paying big bucks for superstars. Unfortunately that’s what you have to do to be successful these days. After our entertainers I think his invincibles have been the best team to watch in the EPL.

  • Albert Stubbins

    They’ve got their wish. They’ll be pleading for him to come back again in six months I guarantee it!!! Greatest manager in their history and they’ve hounded him out. Embarrassing!!!

  • Geoff

    Arsenal fans I’m ashamed of you. Nuff said

  • Stephen Paylor

    Rafa will be the new Arsenal manager if he doesn’t get the backing from Ashley. Simple as that and i wouldn’t blame him either, he wants to challenge not just make up the numbers.