Legendary Frenchman, Arsène Wenger, had an emotional speech for Arsenal fans as he said farewell to the Gunners after 22-years.
His statement came after masterminding a 5-0 victory over Burnley in his final home game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice, with Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi also netting in the rout.
And after the final whistle, almost every Gunners fan stayed in their seat to listen to Wenger’s words while serenading him with a chorus of “one Arsene Wenger”. Arsène Wenger started his speech by paying tribute to former foe Sir Alex Ferguson, who is currently seriously ill in hospital having undergone an operation for a brain hemorrhage on Saturday.
“I would like to wish my fellow manager, Ferguson, well, very quickly,” Wenger said.
“Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that’s not easy,” he said. “Above all I am like you: I am an Arsenal fan. That means this is more than just watching football, it’s a way of life. It is caring about the beautiful game, about the values that we cherish.
“I would like to thank everybody at the club who makes this club so special. I would invite you to really push to support the players and the staff who will remain behind me.
“For me these football players have a special quality, not only on the pitch but off the pitch. Please follow this team and support them next season because they deserve it.
“I would like to finish by saying I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life. I hope to see you soon. Well done. Bye bye.”
He was handed a golden replica of the Premier Trophy, which was handed to the Gunners to commemorate the Invincible season in 2003-04, when they went the whole league season without losing a match.