Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal players deserve support of fans'

Super Eagles' attacker Alex Iwobi was among the scorers when Arsenal gave Wenger a 5-Star farewell against Burnley, thereby securing a sixth-place Premier League on Sunday, AOIFootball.com reports.

"But I will also feel grateful for having led this club - that I cherish so much - for such a long time". "I know that's not easy", he said in an address to the crowd.

However, there was plenty for the supporters to shout about in a fitting finale for Wenger as Arsenal displayed the attractive brand of attacking football that characterised his most successful sides over the past two decades. It's caring about the handsome game, about the values we cherish, and as well, that something that goes for all our bodies in every cell of our bodies.

"For me, this group of players I leave behind me has a special quality".

"I would like to finish with one simple phrase - I will miss you". Thank you for being such an important part of my life. "Well done. Bye bye".

Alex Iwobi made it four with a thumping effort in space from 12 yards out (64), and Aubameyang got his second with 15 minutes remaining, poking home from close range. I have worked on every single part of this stadium.

"It depends. Do I work somewhere else or not?" And I'm quite happy for that. You can see the togetherness that is in the team is special. With the right additions this team will challenge next year.

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Given a guard of honour prior to kick-off, Wenger was then presented with a gold-plated mini replica of the Premier League trophy - awarded initially to the club following their unbeaten 2003-04 season - in the aftermath.

All around a full house of 60,000 at the Emirates - in stark contrast to recent league games when fans have stayed away in protest at a poor season - fans sported red t-shirts emblazoned with "Merci Arsene" (Thank you Arsene).

After that they sang; "There's only one Arsene Wenger", only for cheeky Burnley fans to respond with a chant of: "You wanted him sacked!"

It's small gestures like that which create memories for young people and it was the flawless way for Wenger to kiss goodbye to his supporters of 22 years. "So I take it of course as a big compliment". For 20 years I just felt, 'OK forget about you and just care about the problems you have to sort out'.

"I have to organise a little bit my life".

'I have to learn how to reconnect with myself now.

But you get the distinct impression Wenger is still finding it incredibly hard to process the fact he is the leaving the football club he's lived and breathed for 22 years. "I would be happy to do that", he said.

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