Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Arsenal mark Wenger's final home game with 5-0 thrashing of Burnley

Arsenal mark Wenger's final home game with 5-0 thrashing of Burnley

The 68-year-old wanted to bow out in a blaze of glory by lifting the Europa League in Lyons this month, but the brutal truth is that if he was in charge of a team capable of winning major trophies he would not be leaving this summer.... On Sunday, for the last time, he walked into the stadium he helped to create, through a guard of honour with an amiable wave, and was able to soak up an atmosphere of gratitude and happiness.

The former Nigeria global and the former Arsenal players present came out on the pitch after the game to listen to Wenger's goodbye speech.

Wenger began his speech by sending well wishes to his greatest rival manager, legendary Manchester United man Sir Alex Ferguson, who is recovering from brain surgery.

Other former Gunners present include Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Petit, Martin Keown, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell.

"I'd like to finish with one simple word - I will miss you".

The 60,000 packed stadium was thunderous in its appreciation for the French gaffer, who for 22 years, had rendered a wonderful service unto the club.

The Gunners were dominant for the most part, with Burnley rarely causing the hosts problems in what was another strong home performance from Wenger's side. Thank you all for being such an important of my life and hope to see you soon.

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Later, in his post-match press conference, he said: "It was a very sad day".

The stadium was almost full for once and Arsenal gave commemorative red T-shirts with the text "Merci Arsene" to all fans in attendance, while a number of former players joined the team pitchside after the game.

"I would be happy to sit in the North Bank", the Frenchman told Standard Sport. I take it as a big compliment.

He went on to say that his final home game would be "dominated by sadness" but thanked fans, players and backroom staff alike.

"In my job, you learn to disconnect from yourself". I have to learn to reconnect with myself now that I have a bit more time. I have to organise my life. "I would be happy to do that", he said.

"On the other hand, I have to think, I will cherish every minute I had here, but as well it is a new start for me".

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