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Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Arsene Wenger bid an emotional farewell to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as his Arsenal side thrashed Burnley by a 5-0 margin.

And that's started well, with Wenger given a guard of honour by both sets of players as well as Sean Dyche and the referees.

Chants of "there is only one Arsene Wenger" rang around the 60,000 capacity stadium, which was far fuller than home league games in recent months as fans stayed away in protest at a poor season on the field. "Thank you for having me for such a long time but above all, I'm like you - I'm an Arsenal fan". The counsellors told me, "There are far greater problems at this club than you can even imagine"'. "I will miss you". Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

Wenger's last-ever Arsenal programme notes began by talking about the painful European defeat in Madrid, which confirmed his haul of major trophies with the club - three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups - would end at 10. His crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.

"I would like to thank everybody at the club who makes this club so special".

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"Like you, I will continue to support Arsenal for the rest of my life".

Wenger appeared to welcome the suggestion that this process could include him becoming a supporter of the club and taking a seat in the stadium's North Bank if he has the time.

"I have a certain idea of how to play football". For 20 years, I just felt, "OK, forget about me, and just care about the problems you have to sort out".

In Wenger's final home match as Arsenal boss, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang book-ended the scoring, with Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi also finding the back of the net.

The Frenchman turned from provider to scorer for Arsenal's second, poking in a left-footed volley towards the end of a first half extended by four minutes due to a shoulder injury to Ashley Barnes.


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