Arsene Wenger has penned a powerful message to the Arsenal fans ahead of his final European home game in charge of the north London club.
The Frenchman announced last week that he will be standing down at the end of the current season, after 22 years at the helm of the Emirates outfit.
The Europe League is Arsenal’s final opportunity to win some silverware this season, and see Wenger go out on a high.
On Thursday night the Gunners play host to tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final clash, and Wenger has called on the supporters to get behind the team and help bring the trophy home.
"Let’s all be together tonight and make sure that we give ourselves the best possible chance of ending the season with a trophy," wrote Wenger, in his matchday programme notes.
Wenger has never enjoyed European success at Arsenal, and is desperate to get his hands on the Europa League for the very first time.
The Frenchman recently spoke out about the Gunners failing to win the Champions League in 2006.
"The [2006 final] was my biggest regret, yes," said the Arsenal boss.
"We have to be conscious of that as well, the history of the club has become very demanding but the longer history of the club is not that bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups in their history.
"In our job there’s only one thing that matters: the next game. That’s what I’m focused on. Atletico Madrid are a very strong team. If you look at the table, they are the second best team in Spain.
"That will demand total commitment on our side and a great discipline, because they have no real weak point.
"They are strong defensively, they are strong offensively, so we’ll need a complete performance."
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