Arsève Wenger has resigned from his post as the Arsenal manager, with the club announcing the appointment of the Swiss-born ex-Brasil Football Club player as its next head of football operations.
The Frenchman was appointed as interim boss on Saturday night after a three-day stand-off in which he announced his resignation on Twitter, after which he told supporters that he would not resign.
“I’m sorry to have had to resign, I’ve never had such a tough time in my life.
I want to thank everyone for their support, I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and the players who have supported us,” he said.”
The players have been incredible in the last two years.
We will build a new foundation with a new team, with new players and new ideas.”
Wenger’s replacement is former France international Marcelo Bielsa, who was the previous FA Cup-winning manager of Barcelona and who won the Champions League with them in 2010.
The appointment of Bielsas successor comes after the club announced the appointment on Saturday of former Brazil international and England international Roberto Soldado, who is the second Brazilian to become a head coach of Arsenal, joining Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The club’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, said: “It’s a big day for Arsenal, a big victory for Arsenal football club and a big achievement for all the fans.”
“I am delighted that we have found the right person to lead us, the right guy to take the team forward.”
Arsenal has also confirmed that ex-England international Alex Ferguson will become the club’s new head of academy development, with a statement announcing his appointment saying: “I’m delighted to announce that Alex Ferguson, former England captain and former coach of Manchester United, has joined the academy team as a new Head of Academy Development.”
The club also announced the arrival of former Chelsea defender Eric Cantona, who will take up the position of assistant to former manager Sam Allardyce.
The statement added: “He will be able to work closely with the Academy Director to develop our youth players in the highest level of football and he will be an invaluable member of the squad.”
Eric Cantona is excited to become part of the Arsenal Academy.
“Arsenal is currently sixth in the Premier League table and has won just one of its last 11 matches.