Wenger: Arsenal can challenge again

Wenger: Arsenal can challenge again

Wenger: Arsenal can challenge again

"I know that's not easy but, above all, I am like you, I am an Arsenal fan", Wenger said a post-match presentation on the Emirates turf.

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

Arsene Wenger is adamant he is leaving Arsenal in a stable financial position to be able to challenge for the English Premier League title.

However, "The Invincibles" was the last time Arsenal won the league with supporters increasingly frustrated at the Gunners' inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League honours.

It's been a superb campaign for Sean Dyche's men that's destined to see them in the Europa League qualifying rounds [at least] next season so we shouldn't be taking anything for granted today if we want to send Wenger off with a win.

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The last three league meetings between the teams were settled in Arsenal's favour by winners beyond the 90th minute, but the hosts made sure there was no need for late drama in Wenger's swansong.

Wenger was given a guard of honour from both teams and the match officials before kickoff, and received roars of support throughout the match from the home fans, most of whom had donned their complementary red "Merci Arsene" T-shirts.

He went on to say that his final home game would be "dominated by sadness" but thanked fans, players and backroom staff alike. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life.

Wenger's final two games are away from home with trips to Leicester City and Huddersfield Town to come over the next week. "I think to finish in the top four is a massive success for the club".

However, a pair of goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Wenger's final signing - book-ended efforts from Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi, saw the visitors were swept aside in a Sunday stroll. That means this is more than just watching football, it's a way of life. For 20 years, I just felt, "OK, forget about me, and just care about the problems you have to sort out".

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