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

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Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'
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07 May, 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.

After dodging more questions about who the club's next manager might be, and what he may do next himself, Wenger said how odd it often felt as a soccer manager to be asked frequently how he was feeling.

Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will mount a challenge for the Premier League title after he leaves the club.

I don't want it to end it but unfortunately it has come to an end. Please support them next season because they deserve it.

Wenger's last-ever Arsenal programme notes kicked off with the manager talking about the painful Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.

- This was Arsene Wenger's 606th and final home game in charge of Arsenal (W415 D120 L71), with this the 27th time that his team have won by five or more goals on home soil.

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Their European tour might not last very long, it might end before the Premier League season restarts, but the Burnley fans will still get a European away trip - every bottom half club's dream.

"It will be hard to say thank you enough", he told a news conference (via Goal). The Europa League was a massive let-down and now, this home match is all that's left to the season and to Arsene Wenger's lengthy career with the club. "Thank you for having me for such a long time but above all, I'm like you - I'm an Arsenal fan".

"I would like to finish by one simple word: I will miss you".

"Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness", Wenger said. That means this is more than just watching football, it's a way of life.

"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". A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi secured the flawless finale.


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