Touching send off for Arsene at the end. by Konstantin Mitov
And so it has finally ended. Arsene Wenger’s last game at the Emirates as an Arsenal manager has finished and we won it 5:0 in style against a Burnley side sitting just below us in the table.
The football we played when there was no pressure and the opposition isn’t world class was magnificent. In all honesty at home, we’ve played alright and it was a fitting win for the occasion.
The club prepared Merci Arsene shirts and the ceremony was kept tight, but it was emotional. Arsene’s speech was classy. I enjoyed it and as much as I’ve wanted him gone, it got to me and I felt a little bit sad.
The tone with which he said “I will miss you” had the emotion of a man who truly loves the club. The club presented the man with the Invincibles trophy, probably the most prestigious thing the club has in its entirety history.
It is obvious that the club pushed Wenger to leave, you can feel it with the way he hints he didn’t want it to end. But the board did it’s utmost to send him out with the highest amount of respect and dignity.
I must say the fans did a class act as well. For all the disappointment that has mounted on us, especially with the Europa League capitulation just days ago, the athmosphere was great. Arsenal felt like a family again.
This change had to come. Fans were divided, the football wasn’t great and at the ends it’s a result driven business. We’ve been on a steady decline which ultimately has to held the manager accountable.
Arsene’s plea to the fans was to keep supporting this team which is ‘special’ in his opinion. I’d be seriously worried for some Arsenal players. They got Wenger’s support, even though they let him down so badly, it cost him his job.
That luxury will evaporate very soon and there will be nobody to hide behind. Same goes for the board, who used Arsene as a shield for their incompetence of running the club. Now though I feel that the point the fans made with the empty seats was very clear and they will not allow this again.
Rumours from Sky suggest we want Allegri or Enrique. I prefer the Italian, but I’d take Enrique if we fail to get Max. We need an authority figure to unite the fans and whoever we get, he’ll need our support.
It’ll be a season of rebuilding. It’s a long process that will take a few years to complete, but the future is optimistic. The season is effectively over, Arsene has practically left the building and there’s hope for next season.
That’s me done, have a great week!