Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has separated from his wife, according to The Sun. The newspaper claims that Wenger and partner Annie had a ‘separation of bodies’ judgment issued by a judge in Paris, meaning that they are free to see other people. Wenger is still expected to support Annie financially. A source told the newspaper:
‘They have divided up their assets and agreed a financial package to separate.They have not been happy for a while, and they decided this was the best course of action to take.’
The pair had been in a long-term relationship and married each other in 2010. They also have an 18-year-old daughter. A few weeks before the wedding it was reported that Wenger had become close to French rapper Sonia Tatar, then 39. It is not clear whether the couple are still living together in London at their mansion close to Arsenal’s training ground. They were last pictured together at an IWC watch event in January 2014 in Germany.
A French legal expert told The Sun:
‘This is a legal separation, which means the couple are not legally obliged to live together, and they can have separate lives, and no longer have intimate relations. He will have to still keep his responsibilities to look after the family. If the judgment is not overturned within two years, a divorce will be automatically granted.’