07 May, 2018
"I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again".
"I tried to commit completely, for so many years, to make people happy and I wish just that people who love this club will be happy in the future and get what they really want and love".
That "Invincibles" season was his last as a Premier League victor, though, and fans became exhausted of Arsenal's inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League titles. This consequently meant that Burnley can not finish lower than seventh now, guaranteeing them a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Wenger and Arsenal have been coy about what directly prompted his departure with a season remaining on his contract.
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Supporters were also invited to pay tribute to Wenger via two enormous "Merci Arsene" farewell cards, which were left out in the Emirates concourse for the punters to fill...
Wenger was given another guard of honour by players and staff after Arsenal's thumping 5-0 win over Burnley, and was presented with the special gold Premier League replica statue - awarded for the Invincibles season in 2004 - to keep.
"It will be hard to say thank you enough", he told a news conference (via Goal).
"Thank you for having me for such a long time, I know that is not easy but above all I am like you - I am an Arsenal fan", Wenger told the crowd, prompting a huge cheer. This is more than just watching football, it's a way of life.
"Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness", Wenger said before the game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice for the Gunners while Saed Kolasinac, Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi scored one goal each. It has not sunk in yet because I am still so focused and you are a bit robotic thinking about the next game.