Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

After 22 years overseeing the Gunners in front of an adoring (and, in later years, not-so-adoring) crowd, the Frenchman stepped into the home dugout one final time.

Nigeria and Arsenal's Alex Iwobi has said departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was the cornerstone of his career.

Arsene Wenger was given a fitting farewell from fans and players after his last game in charge at the Emirates as Arsenal manager. "For the fans, for everyone that loves Arsenal, in the same way they love Wenger, I think it's impossible to say thank you enough".

"I'd like to finish with one simple word - I will miss you". Some proud fans3. A parting gift4.

All around a full house of 60,000 at the Emirates - in stark contrast to recent league games when fans have stayed away in protest at a poor season - fans sported red t-shirts emblazoned with "Merci Arsene" (Thank you Arsene).

"I've met people for whom I am the only Arsenal manager they have known, so now this is a good opportunity for the club to have new people and new ideas to continue to move the club forward, which is what I've tried to do my whole life".

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It's been a superb campaign for Sean Dyche's men that's destined to see them in the Europa League qualifying rounds [at least] next season so we shouldn't be taking anything for granted today if we want to send Wenger off with a win.

While the result paled into relative insignificance, Arsenal's players ensured that Wenger would remember his last game fondly at the stadium he helped create.

"I am not happy about it or enjoy it when another team loses, but of course it is for our interests", he said.

After dodging more questions about who the club's next manager might be, and what he may do next himself, Wenger said how unusual it often felt as a soccer manager to be asked frequently how he was feeling. That means this is more than just watching football, it's a way of life. I know that's not easy!

"At a big club I feel you have that responsiblity and for the supporters to have a special experience when they come to the club".