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Wenger stunned the footballing world on Friday when he announced he will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge.

Plaudits have poured in from across football following the news, with tributes made by former players, managers and other figures from the game, and the LMA has added their views in a tribute to the 68-year-old Frenchman. The person who had faith in me and gave me a platform to progress.

"He's reinvented the game and played some of the best football we have ever seen". But I think there is also a significant thing at Arsenal in how the candidate represents the club.

That's where Wenger perhaps will end his career, should Arsenal win its two-leg semifinal against Atletico Madrid and advance to the final on May 16, three days after his final Premier League game against Huddersfield. "I'm absolutely committed to doing that". "We played a lot of long balls and we challenged for the ball high up in the pitch", Seaman said. Because we would never do that. Is Wenger the greatest manager football has seen? No. "Now it would be very hard to see again another situation like this". I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

"Look at me laughing", he said. The bombshell marks the beginning of the end of his 21-plus-season tenure with the club, and sparked fresh speculation over who will replace him. In the case of Arsenal, if this bond was forged any time during the glory years between 1998 and 2006, a bond with Wenger was pretty much part of the deal.

Today, however, he said that he had great respect for the Arsenal manager and hopes that he does not now retire.

"I doubt there is a more experienced group in handling changes of coaches".

Majority owner Stan Kroenke said parting ways with Wenger was "one of the most hard days we have ever had in all our years in sport".

He added: "Some people get less for murder than the time he's been here and I've had to suffer with that man for quite a number of years".

Gazidis repeatedly refused to give any insight into the discussions that led to Wenger's decision, or whether he or Kroenke had wanted the Frenchman to stay for the final year of his contract.

In 2008, he said: 'Ten years ago I said to my wife, "Five more years and that's all", and I am still here.

Seaman told ESPN FC in an interview that he was "a little bit surprised but also a little bit pleased" to hear Wenger will end his Arsenal reign at the end of the season, since it will ensure he gets a fitting send-off from Arsenal fans.

Arsenal fans have responded to the 29-year-old former Southampton star's tweet.

Explaining that a member of the crew had hurried over to him, simply saying: "He's out!", the ITV host said that he knew instantly who "he" was.

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