‘Merci Arsene’ as Arsenal rout Burnley in Wenger farewell
“I will miss you,” Arsene Wenger told the Arsenal fans after being given a itting farewell in his inal home game in charge after 22 years with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley this week. On a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman, both teams formed a guard of honour for Wenger, 68, before kick-off to a chorus of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger.” 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). “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,” Wenger said in a postmatch presentation on the Emirates turf. “I would like to inish by one simple word: I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life.” Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups. His crowning glory came in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.