After 22 years, 10 major trophies and more than 800 Premier League games, Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will step down as the manager of Arsenal at the end of the season.

The French manager will bid farewell to the Gunners a year before his contract is set to expire. Arsenal stand sixth in the league and will miss out on next year’s Champions League spot if they fail to win the Europa League.

The 68-year old released a statement on Friday saying, “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.”