Patrick Vieira lined up to become Arsenal manager. The London club are looking for candidates to replace Arsene Wenger, who has endured a difficult season.
Wenger steps down after 22 years at the club with growing disaffection among fans.
Below is a statement issued by Wenger
“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.”
Meanwhile, legendary former midfielder Vieira, 41, is currently boss at New York City and could potentially have a long-term future with the City Football Group, who also own Manchester City.
His appointment would thrill many Arsenal fans. He won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups before moving to Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City where he won the FA Cup again in 2011.
He went into management and worked for two years at City in charge of the development squad, before taking the step into senior management in 2016 when he took over at New York City in the MLS.