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Throughout the ups and downs, Wenger has always remained a respectable, humble gentleman and will go down as Arsenal's greatest ever manager.

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

I don't want it to end it but unfortunately it has come to an end.

It marked Arsenal's last chance of making it into the Champions League next season and all that remains now is for them to try to cement their sixth-place position in the Premier League to secure them another crack at the Europa League next season.

Wenger announced last month that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Atletico Madrid in midweek and will now simply try to give Arsene Wenger the best possible send off in what is his final home game in charge.

Almost 22 year since he first set foot on the pitch at Arsenal's former ground, Highbury, the 68-year-old ended his day with a direct address to the still-packed home stands at the Emirates, after receiving a long chorus of "One Arsene Wenger" from the club's supporters, who were each given a "Merci Arsene" t-shirt.

His former assistant Pat Rice and the club's former goalkeeper Bob Wilson made a speech and awarded the 68-year-old with a commemorative gold Premier League trophy - awarded to the club after the unbeaten "Invincible" title-winning season. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life.

"Thank you for having me such a long time", he said. I don't know how I feel!'.

"What I will miss most about this job is the competition itself", Wenger wrote.

Wenger appeared to welcome the suggestion that this process could include him becoming a supporter of the club and taking a seat in the stadium's North Bank if he has the time. It has not sunk in yet because I am still so focused and you are a bit robotic thinking about the next game.

First-half strikes from forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette - who will surely be central to the plans of the man eventually named as Wenger's successor - set the ball rolling for a 416th home win, while the record books will show 1,295 Gunners goals scored during that time after Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi got on the scoresheet prior to Aubameyang's second.

  • Steve Townsend