Wenger sees Arsenal beat Burnley 5-0 in final home game

Arsene Wenger could have done with Olivier Giroud against Atletico Madrid

Arsene Wenger could have done with Olivier Giroud against Atletico Madrid Credit GETTY IMAGES ACTION IMAGES

Arsene Wenger enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in his final home game in charge of Arsenal after 22 years as manager on a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman.

On an emotional day at the Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from close range on the 14th minute before Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal's lead on the stroke of half-time after a good work from Hector Bellerin.

Then, after the game, the club put on a attractive tribute for their longest serving manager and arguably their very greatest.

Nevertheless, there was rightly an atmosphere steeped in nostalgia for the great days Wenger has given the club on Sunday in a 60,000-capacity stadium he helped to deliver and design when the club moved from Highbury in 2006. "Above all, like you, I am an Arsenal fan".

"Continue to stand behind and support the club that is so special to all of us".

The former Nigeria worldwide and the former Arsenal players present came out on the pitch after the game to listen to Wenger's goodbye speech.

The Gunners were ultimately playing for pride as they prepared to give Arsene Wenger the send-off he deserved after announcing last month he would leave the club after 22-years. 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. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life". "I hope to see you soon".

The departing manager's 22-year reign will not be remembered for this demolition of Burnley, but watching a series of lovely goals scored in glorious sunshine to the soundtrack of an appreciative fan base was as good a way as any to say goodbye.

"Thank you all for having me for such a long time - I know that's not easy", he said, drawing a laugh from the crowd.

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.

What lays ahead for both Wenger and Arsenal remains unclear.

And Wenger seems confident that the club has the required foundations in place to be able to challenge for the title in the years to come.

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