Arsene Wenger steps down

Arsenal great Thierry Henry hailed Arsene Wenger's legacy as "untouchable" despite struggles in recent years as the manager announced Friday he was stepping down after 22 years at the helm of the Premier League club. He also insisted that Arsenal were better prepared than ever to deal with life after Wenger, in part because of the hires of former Barcelona sporting director Raul Sanllehi and Borussia Dortmund's recruiting expert Sven Mislintat. "And now that process begins". This club has to rise to the challenge.

Football was famously far more important than life or death for Liverpool manager Bill Shankly - but Arsene Wenger took obsession with the lovely game to a whole new level.

"Let's not get lost in celebrating the end of his era. Move over Herbert (Chapman), Arsene Wenger the greatest Arsenal Manager".

"Will they want a really established manager who has the knowledge at working at a huge club, like Arsenal, which has such big expectations of its managers?"

"Our academy teams are doing extremely well".

Aside this, many have posited that Wenger's penchant for spending less on players' recruitment is equally one of his Achill heels.

"When Arsene was appointed, he was not on everyone's radar".

"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", Wenger said in a statement released by Arsenal. The person who had faith in me and gave me a platform to progress. I think your question is a typical question from somebody that was not on this side.

The inspirational captain of Arsenal's "Invincibles" that went an entire league season unbeaten in 2003-04, Vieira is a symbol of the glory years under Wenger.

Gazidis, who paid fulsome tribute to Wenger's work at the club and his personal qualities, said the Frenchman would always have a place at the club but said it was "too soon to say how that would look".

As per The Independent, Wenger has not necessarily retired.

West Ham are six points above the relegation zone, and Moyes, who was put in charge until the end of the season, said whether he stayed at the club beyond that would only be decided once the campaign ended.

Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal waves to the crowd prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium on March 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

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".

It was announced on Friday morning that the face of Arsenal would be leaving his club, and with that the pair's rivalry would be no longer.

He said: "His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched".

"The last time we spoke together about his future, he was very grateful to be working in the U.S., but it's a first step for him".

"Beyond football he has inspired the people around him".

"I know what it means, (Wenger won) three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and not just that". He loves the game and he loves this club.

The former Manchester United boss added: "I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man".