Arsene Wenger bows out as fans say 'au revoir' and 'merci' to 'Mr Arsenal'

The 68-year-old Frenchman told the crowd "support this group of players next season – they deserve it" as he bowed out after the 5-0 hammering of Burnley.

Wenger took to the microphone at the end of the match and then shook hands with what looked like the entire Gunners' squad.

He then took off on a lap of honour, stopping to speak to individuals in the stands as he completed an emotional send-off.

Fans had arrived extra early for the Premier League showdown, ready to pay their respects to the outgoing boss.

Many of them has moaned and groaned about Wenger and his long tenure over the last couple of years.

Fans invaded the stadium looking to enjoy ever last minute of Wenger's final home game

But as the sun shone they were united in their praise for his work overall, three league titles and seven FA Cup wins.

Not to mention the unbeaten 'Invincibles' of 2003-04.


'I FEEL IT IS THE RIGHT TIME' Arsene Wenger's statement in full as he quits after 22 years

Last week Manchester United bosses Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho paid their tributes to Wenger – today it was the turn of those closer to home.

On a day many claim came at least two or three years too late, Wenger wrote in his final programme notes:

“The collective feeling, the sharing of emotions with people you work with on a daily basis, the desire to feel something together and the target you always have in front of you.

“I will miss the intensity of it all, because that’s all I have known in my life."

Cardboard cut-outs of the great man provided a fantastic chance to take a selfie.

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Inside the stadium fans prepared to give 'Mr Arsenal' a rapturous send-off.

So, too, did Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who noted that Arsenal had won their last six home games against the Clarets in all competitions since a 0-1 league defeat in September 1974.

Said Dyche: "I bet he's delighted it's against us. I'm sure it was written in the fairytale.

"His stamp on the profession and his stamp on football has been immense."

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