Arsene Wenger: "Thank you for having me such a long time"

Arsene Wenger says he will miss being Arsenal manager during an emotional farewell to the club's supporters following his final home game as Gunners boss.

The north London club sealed sixth spot in the Premier League after thrashing Burnley 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

After the presentation to him of a gold Premier League trophy for going unbeaten through the 2003-04 season the Frenchman addressed the crowd ahead of his departure at the end of the season, as he declared his love for Arsenal and thanked the fans for their support during his time at the helm.

"Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that's not easy. But, above all, I am like you. I am an Arsenal fan," he said.

"That means this is more than just watching football. It's a way of life.

"It is caring about the beautiful game, the values we cherish and as well, that something that goes through all of our bodies - we care, we worry, we are desperate.

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

Wenger also called on the club's fans to get behind a"special" group of players that he will leave behind for his successor.

"I would invite you to really push and support the players and the staff that remains behind me," the 68-year-old added.

"For me this group of players has a special quality, not only on the pitch but also off it. And please, support this team and push next season, because they deserve it.

"I would like to finish with one simple term. I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life. I hope to see you soon. Well done and goodbye."



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