Arsene Wenger delivers emotional farewell speech following last home game
Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Arsenal players and fans following his final home game as manager.
Arsenal delivered a perfect farewell performance by beating Burnley 5-0 before presenting Wenger with a golden replica Premier League trophy, awarded to the club after their 2003-04 Invincibles season.
“Thank you very much. Before I start, I just want to wish my fellow manager Alex Ferguson well. Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that’s not easy,” Wenger told a packed Emirates Stadium.
“But above all, I am like you, I am an Arsenal fan. This is more than just watching football, it’s a way of life. It’s caring about the beautiful game, about the values we cherish, and as well, that something that goes for all our bodies in every cell of our bodies. We care, we worry, we are desperate, but when you come here, the theatre of dreams, we realise what it means.
“I would like as well to thank everyone at the club who makes it so special, I would invite you, really push to support these players and the staff who remains behind me, these group of players have a special quality. Not only on the pitch, but off the pitch. Please, as you follow this team, support them next season because they deserve it.
“I would like to finish in one simple sentence: I will miss you. Thank you all for having such an important part of my life, thank you all, well done, bye bye.”
Wenger led Arsenal to three Premier League and seven FA Cup titles during his 22-year stay at the club.