Irrespective of the length of Arsène’s reign at Arsenal, the end was always going to come, by hook or crook.
The world stood in awe after Arsène announced that he would step down at the end of the season. The accolades gushed in, washing aside the sieves of negativity to one side. The tall order was Arsenal to win the only trophy left – The Europa League.
Sadly, the Gunners were knocked out in the semi finals by eventual winners Atletico Madrid. Wenger’s hope of an European Title at Arsenal evaporated in Madrid. There was nothing else to play for, other than pride. We have all forgotten the Community Shield at the beginning of the season.
Arsène Wenger last home game for Arsenal was a 5-0 rout of Burnley. The visitors were hot on Arsenal’s heels for a place in the Europa League but FA Cup results meant 7th place would secure a play off spot for Burnley. It was a goal fest. Aubameyang – Wenger’s last buy – got a brace.
The loss to Leicester City came with a red card for young Mavropanos. Arsenal’s away form stank from the lowest depth of English League footbal – being the only side without an away win (or was it point).
That was to be put to rest in Wenger’s last game as Arsenal’s Manager. Arsenal won 1-0 at Huddersfield with the goal from Aubameyang. Again. The goal was the 2298th and last Arsenal goal under Wenger.
The teams put up a guard of honour for Arsène Wenger. What a honour. He lapped the glory and saluted the home fans after going to acknowledge the Arsenal Away fans at the far end.
The win was Wenger’s 48th on a different Premier League venue – surpassing Fergie’s previous record of 47.
Alas, the end of the 7895 days reign as Manager of Arsenal.
Thank you Arsène Wenger.
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