Last week the Premier League’s longest serving manager, Arsene Wenger, announced that he was leaving the club at the end of the season after 22 years in charge. During his time in charge Wenger has managed over 800 Premier League matches, won a record 7 FA Cup’s and 3 league titles – including going the entire 2003/2004 season unbeaten.
The Frenchman’s announcement caused #MerciWenger to trend globally for several days and prompted the footballing world to congratulate Arsene for what he has achieved in English football. Perhaps the most significant praise was received by Wenger’s fiercest rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, who said “He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man."
Speculation over who will replace Wenger has been rife with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique being the bookmakers favourite. Manchester City assistant coach and former Arsenal player, Mikel Arteta is second favourite with Germany’s manager Joachim Löw third favourite.