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Arsenal Confirmed Lineup vs Burnley: Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang start Wenger's final home game

07 May 2018, 12:35 | Stacy Ballard

Merci Wenger!

Arsène Wenger says goodbye but 'will cherish every moment I was here'

"Above all, like you, I am an Arsenal fan". I'd say what has linked all my teams through the years is the desire to play as a connected team, at a high pace, and to make the players reach a complex form of collective football.

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

I don't want it to end it but unfortunately it has come to an end. Please, as you follow this team, support them next season because they deserve it.

Wenger and Arsenal have been coy about what directly prompted his departure with a season remaining on his contract.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger used his programme notes to discuss what he will miss about life at the club.

The game began with a mark of respect for Wenger as both sides along with the match officials stood in a guard of honour, while the fans wore T-shirts reading "Merci Arsene", which translates to "Thank you Arsene".

Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger crouches on the sideline during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal FC at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 3, 2018.

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"It will be hard to say thank you enough", he told a news conference (via Goal).

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.

"Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness", Wenger said before the game. "Thank you for having me for such a long time but above all, I'm like you - I'm an Arsenal fan".

First-half strikes from forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette - who will surely be central to the plans of the man eventually named as Wenger's successor - set the ball rolling for a 416th home win, while the record books will show 1,295 Gunners goals scored during that time after Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi got on the scoresheet prior to Aubameyang's second. "I will miss you".

"I don't know [about a break]", Wenger added.

In fact, Rioch tells one story about an unnamed player who admitted he came close to ending his own life just minutes before. 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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