Wenger’s final Arsenal pre-match talk surprisingly upbeat

Well it may be true that Arsene Wenger would not be in such a good mood after his Arsenal team lost away to Leicester City this week if the result had any impact on the season in general. If it had cost us a place then I think the Frenchman would still have been seething about what he saw as injustice from the referee and his crucial calls in favour of the Foxes.

As it is, though, Wenger was able to appreciate the fighting display of his players which really deserved at least a point from the game. He is also managing to be positive and upbeat about his time at Arsenal, and what is to come after he is gone, despite clearly feeling that he could have carried on.

Wenger declared, “The players’ attitude was great last night. They were fantastic. There is a special bond in this team.

“There is something waiting to come out that is special. Hopefully that will come out next season.”

Unlike most Gooners, Le Prof declared that the long years without a major trophy after the club left Highbury for the new Emirates Stadium was a period that he was very happy with, as reported by Sky Sports.

He said, “From 2006-2015 was certainly a period where i needed to be the strongest and did the best job.

“To work with restricted recourse and keep the club in a position to pay our debts back.

“I think I did my best job during this period, not the most glamorous but the most difficult.”

Wenger has never done things like most managers to be fair, and sometimes that has been amazing, like the unbeaten Invincible season of 2004-04, but it was the first title at Arsenal that he remembers most fondly. But this was not just a chance to look back, as the boss spoke about the need to start the new era this weekend by getting something from Huddersfield away.

He said, “I will try an do my job until the last minute I work here, then I think about the future.

“I will say to the players the best way to prepare the future is win the next game and go into a positive mind into next season.”

Always thinking of the future and still showing great love and loyalty to our club is just what we have come to expect from the man, but while in recent years he has looked more unhappy, the imminent end of his reign seems to have buoyed his spirits.

So along with talking about his pride at the time he benn Arsenal manager, Wenger offered some good advice to his replacement.

He said, “Respect the values of the club. I would like him to bring his own ideas. It’s a chance for the players to see something different.

“But on the other hand I would say respect what has been built here.

“I can leave a club where I can be proud of what’s behind me. There’s a fantastic structure and conditions for the next manager.

“I think I’ve been a little part of this club’s history and I’m proud of that.”

Merci Arsene and Au revoir professeur.



  1. Sean says:

    Hes been the greatest servant for the club & he knows as we all it do it was time to step back as we need new ideas around the club, new mentality & more importantly as he said “something different”.

    Sunday is a big day for club, a huge last chapter of our history with Arsene comes to an end. Maybe get this away in this year!!

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      As per yourprevious article, the opinion is well written, subjective and completely unbiased, which and I include myself in this, is very rare at the moment and I agree 100% with your comments.
      “The King is dead, long live the King” as the saying goes.

    2. barryglik says:

      Wenger to the end putting
      a positive spin on his failures
      over the past decade.
      Last night he blamed ref decisions when they were all clearly correct.
      Now he blames finance. Again he is telling lies.
      Arsenal always had vast financial reserves available.
      5th richest club in the world highest ticket prices in the world.
      Two billionaire owners.
      The stadium is being paid off over 25 years in small annual installments.
      Manchester United completely rebuilt old Trafford
      during Fergie’s reign but he still won 13 titles.
      Wenger broke all spending records at Arsenal on player transfers and salaries.
      After Mou destroyed the league in 2005/6 Fergie fought back and won 5 more titles.
      Wenger hid and never challenged again. Fergie won 5 more titles.
      Even when Man City arrived Fergie won 2 more titles.
      Wenger hid behind Kroenkes no titles are us model
      pocketing 7 mill per year to do his masters bidding.
      Even nobody Leicester won a title with no money at all
      Wenger fostered a decade of under performing
      over paid weaklings to shame the Arsenal shirt.
      The club, CEO, board and fans are equally guilty of collaborating
      and acquiescing allowing an old man to walk all over them.

  2. Durand says:

    If talking was worth points we would definitely be in champions league. I say don’t get any points, it won’t effect our standing. We have “invincibles” why not also have “unbelievables” with poor away record.

    Go for it I say, warts and all.

  3. gotanidea says:

    So looooonngg Wengerrrr

    Can’t wait to see how your are doing in your new club and please take Ozil with you

  4. RSH says:

    the day we never thought would come is finally approaching…

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Praise the football gods and their merry men!

  5. Taiwo says:

    I don’t know what to make of Arsene Wenger, it’s more of a bitter sweet experience but one more game to go.

  6. ArseOverTit says:

    And when their eloquence escapes me
    Their logic ties me up and rapes me

    STING/The police – 1980

    1. John0711 says:

      Da do do do da da da da
      Is all I want to say to you

  7. ArseOverTit says:


  8. Yossarian says:

    I am so dying to find out who the next manager will be!

    1. Sue says:

      Got to wait till the world cup or just after

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Sue, I’m an optimist; new manager will be announced at end of season. Hopefully only 2 weeks to go!

        1. Sue says:

          I’d rather that… I can’t wait until the world cup. I was hoping he would have been unveiled last Sunday, but that was Arsene’s day

  9. tat says:

    You remind the whole world football is an art
    Thank you Wenger

    1. Rkw says:

      That’s right like a Damien Hirst … over blown and overpriced pretentious bs artist

  10. Sue says:

    Oh well at least the hammers drew! Good old Mark Noble… everyone says Ozil doesn’t earn his money but look at Pogna…. 89 m for that crap… I’d expect a goal every week for that money!!!

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      chelsea paid 50m for torres and got back nothing

      1. Sue says:

        He was better at Liverpool

  11. Sue says:

    Pogba not Pogna dohhhh!!

    1. John Wick says:

      Mark Noble is a London boy sue and a west ham fan he gets the passion of the club unlike ozil and pogba all they care about is money and looking flash but yeah for that money he should be banging goals in ?

      1. Sue says:

        I know he is, I like that passion… you don’t see that anymore!! Cracked me up how small he is compared to Pogba, but he still had a go! Good on him!

        1. John Wick says:

          Haha I know that was funny ? we need some passion like that ?

          1. Sue says:

            We do…. like Martin Keown against Ruud Van Nistelrooy ???

  12. Kenny Rolfe says:

    For the last ten years Mike Riley and his refereeing friends at the PGMOL have been giving Arsenal Football Club a hard time. I feel this is down to Wenger being untactful towards these bias, extremely incompetent referees calling them everything from cheats to corrupt individuals. Now that Wenger is finally leaving the club, we’ll find out whether it’s Wenger they disliked or Arsenal Football Club. I’m sure, with Riley calling the shots, the atrocious performance by the referee in midweek will be followed up by another in Wenger’s final game. We’ll see but I will not be holding my breath.

    1. Sue says:

      The refs are dodgy Kenny, well dodgy! Yes it will be very interesting next season…..

    2. Ken 1945 says:

      How are things?
      So can I ask you this, do you agree that Wenger was right to question the likes of Mike Dean etc or do you think he should have kept quite and let the corruption and total incompetence continue?
      I find it absolutely breathtaking that our sports media have not once questioned with any sincerity the absence of one English official at the next world cup.

      1. John Wick says:


      2. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Absolutely Ken, I only wish wished Arsene would have been even more vociferous with his protests but as he once said “I may as well leave my credit card at the FA” because of the amount of times he was fined. I even notice today that we’ve been asked by the FA to explain the reason why a couple of our players asked the referee why he gave a penalty just the other night. Looks like we’re being fined again and there’s still people on these pages who refuse to believe we’re victimised by the FA and PGMOL. My question to them is “do you ever see Manchester United or Liverpool fined or punished for the same offences”

        1. Ken 1945 says:

          So right, remember when Fregie’s team would surround a referee and eyeball him? What happened?
          Sweet FA !!!!
          I thinkArsene was so incensed by the obvious bias towards the northern teams he then decided he wouldn’t “see things” just to make the media even more annoyed!
          Whatever one thinks of Mr. Wenger, the one thing he would always do was to back the club over any injustices given out to the team.
          Glad you back him up on this, he never ducked any media question unlike others who sent in their assistants.

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            100% correct Ken, well said and I’m glad you asked the question.

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