Arsenal Send Wenger Off With Emotional 5-Nil Burnley Bashing
May 07 2018
Say what you like about Wenger's last few seasons with Arsenal but you can't deny that he's a true gentleman. It was a surprise to me, I don't know. "Above all, I am like you - an Arsenal fan", he said.
Arsenal's emphatic victory, which matched their best result this season, was little consolation for the midweek loss in the Europa League semi-final to Atletico Madrid, however, which meant they miss out on Champions League football next season. "It is caring about the handsome, about the values that we cherish, and as well that something that goes through all our bodies, in every cell of our bodies, we care, we worry, we are desperate but when you come here, our dreams we realize".
"I do not want to put any pressure on the club to choose this guy or that guy and to give already a handicap to the guy who comes in". And I would invite you to push these players and staff.
The 68-year-old reflected on how the Emirates Stadium was in his blood, because he had lived every step of its journey from one-time refuse centre to state-of-the-art venue, and he stressed how his successor had the platform to succeed - particularly in terms of the quality of players at his disposal. Wenger was presented after the game with the golden trophy the club received from the league for their unbeaten title-winning season of 2003-04 - a heartfelt piece of re-gifting. Thank you all for being such an important of my life and hope to see you soon. When you're a big club I think you have that responsibility and for the supporters to have a special experience when they come to the club. "Well done. Bye bye". I have worked on every single part of this stadium. So of course it's part of myself. "It depends whether I work somewhere else or not".
"I would be happy to sit in the North Bank", the Frenchman told Standard Sport. "With the right conditions this will challenge next season".
Red T-shirts bearing the phrase "Merci Arsene" were draped over seats for the home fans to wear, and the slogan was also emblazoned on a banner across the front of the stadium. Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge and he now only has two away fixtures remaining before signing off next Sunday after his lowest-ever Premier League finish in sixth.
"And that is how I see it and take it".
"In my job you learn to disconnect from yourself and you don't analyse anymore how you feel". For 20 years I forgot about me and just cared about the problems I had to sort out. "I would be happy to do that", he said.