Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Florence Fletcher
May 7, 2018

"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.

"I would like as well to thank everyone at the club who makes it so special, I would invite you, really push, support these players and the staff who remains behind me, these group of players has a special quality".

Arsene Wenger is adamant he is leaving Arsenal in a stable financial position to be able to challenge for the English Premier League title.

The final season of Wenger's 22-year reign in north London will end without silverware after Thursday's Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Arsene Wenger got a great guard of honour before his final home game as Arsenal manager. There's no place for Mesut Ozil, but Per Mertesacker could come on for his final home game. Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

The speech was followed by a lap of honour around the pitch where Wenger applauded every corner of the stadium, thanking fans for their support over the years.

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The Arsenal boss was presented with the golden Premier League trophy that the club was awarded in recognition of their Invincibles campaign in 2003/04.

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

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice against Burnley, with Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi also netting.

Wenger said in in his prematch interview that the Germany global has "a recurrence of his back problem", and added: "How long is he out, I don't know".

A break may be on the cards after more than two decades at Arsenal, but whatever the future holds, the Frenchman is adamant football will remain at the centre of his life.

"I would like to finish by saying I will miss you". For 20 years, I just felt, "OK, forget about me, and just care about the problems you have to sort out".

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