Arsenal pay tribute to departing manager Arsene Wenger

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Also at the Emirates Stadium to wish Arsene Wenger farewell was Super Eagles and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu, alongside other stars of the "Invincibles" era.

"But as well it's a day where the people that come behind me can work in good conditions".

After Wenger was given a guard of honour by both sets of players before the game, Arsenal took the lead on 14 minutes through Aubameyang's seventh in 11 games, tapping in from close range after Lacazette's cross-shot.

"Above all I am, like you, an Arsenal fan", Wenger said to warm applause before saying farewell. I want to finish the season well because we have two more away games and maybe for next season its better we win the two away games.

What have you done in your life?' The only answer I will have is: 'I tried to win football games.' He will say: 'Is that all you have done?' And the only answer I will have is: 'It's not as easy as it looks.'"And so said Arsène Wenger".

"I would like as well to thank everyone at the club who makes it so special, I would invite you, really push, support these players and the staff who remains behind me, these group of players has a special quality".

The speech was followed by a lap of honour around the pitch where Wenger applauded every corner of the stadium, thanking fans for their support over the years. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life".

It's small gestures like that which create memories for young people and it was the flawless way for Wenger to kiss goodbye to his supporters of 22 years.

"And that is how I see it and take it".

The former Man Utd manager, who was a bitter rival of Wenger during his managerial days, had to undergo emergency surgery due to a sudden brain hemorrhage. They know that my commitment was genuine, total, with complete integrity.

The Frenchman added: 'In my job, you learn to disconnect from yourself.

'I have to learn how to reconnect with myself now. The 68-year-old wanted to bow out in a blaze of glory by lifting the Europa League in Lyons this month, but the brutal truth is that if he was in charge of a team capable of winning major trophies he would not be leaving this summer.... And on the other hand I have to think: "I will cherish every minute I was here, but as well it's a new start for me".

"I'd be happy to be in the North Bank".

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