Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

#MerciArsene: Wenger Says Emotional Goodbye to Arsenal After 22 Years in Charge

Atletico Madrid v Arsenal – story of the match PHOTOS: Young fan's cheeky sign earns lovely gift at Arsene Wenger's farewell
Betsy Taylor | 07 May, 2018, 13:55

"Thank you, boss", he tweeted. "I know that's not easy but, above all, I am like you, I am an Arsenal fan", Wenger said a post-match presentation on the Emirates turf.

"In a certain way I relished the rivalry we had but I also had a bit of trepidation, because you have to win those matches". Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

On a more serious note as Wenger reflected on his tenure, the three-time Premier League victor added: "Sometimes, to make people happy you have to go somewhere else". I want to finish the season well because we have two more away games and maybe for next season its better we win the two away games.

Wenger mentioned Ferguson before thanking Arsenal's players, staff and fans as he said goodbye in an emotional speech on the pitch, with the club giving him the trophy they received from the Premier League after going through the 2003-04 season unbeaten as a leaving gift.

That "Invincibles" season was his last as a Premier League victor, though, and fans became exhausted of Arsenal's inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League titles.

Chants of "There's only one Arsene Wenger" and "Arsene give us a wave" could be heard from the stands at regular intervals, while the majority of the 59,549 in attendance donned red t-shirts handed out by the club with the message "Merci Arsene".

"I think I played 840 Premier League games".


"I would like to thank everybody at the club which makes the club so special".

A 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the Europa League semi-finals means that for the second consecutive season, Arsenal will not even qualify for the Champions League.

Wenger's final season will end with no silverware and a sixth-place finish.

France striker Lacazette then doubled the lead for the Gunners just before halftime, volleying in a low ball from Hector Bellerin on the right side of the goal. Aubameyang turned provider for Alex Iwobi to smash home the fourth after being given a huge amount of time inside the Burnley box to pick his spot.

"The Arsene Wenger era is one that Arsenal fans will never forget", said a special 60-page supplementary programme given to supporters.

The occasion also marked the last home game for veteran defender Per Mertesacker who is also set to depart.

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