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Arsene Wenger's final interview as Arsenal manager

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 13/05/2018

Arsene Wenger appeared in front of the Premier League post-match television cameras for the final time and although there was no sign of much emotion on the Frenchman's face, the outgoing manager insisted it is a "very emotional time" for him.

Wenger's 1,235-game reign as Arsenal manager came to an end with a victory over Huddersfield on the final day of the Premier League season thanks to a first-half strike by the Gunners' record signing and Wenger's final signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The game had little riding on it, with Huddersfield having already avoided relegation and Arsenal finishing sixth no matter what, and was played in front of a carnival atmosphere at John Smith's Stadium.

Wenger came out to a rapturous reception and went over to applaud the Arsenal fans, taking a bow before kick-off.

Both sets of fans gave him a standing ovation after 22 minutes - to celebrate his 22 years in English football with the Gunners - and two planes flew over the ground in the early stages with banners celebrating the Frenchman.

Full quotes here...

Wenger on leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge: "Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club. To enjoy it we had to win it, winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it. It was a good day for everyone with Huddersfield staying up too.

"Do I feel relief? Not really, I'm sad. At some stage it has to end, I wish everyone well, the fans have been great until the end and I wish the club well for the future."

On adapting to life after Arsenal: "It will be hard to adjust of course but I will have to deal with that. I want to wish this group of players well and the staff coming in, I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else."

Wenger after his final match: "I believe I had an impact on the club as a whole because the club is in a strong position, it has a new stadium, a new training ground and new players. With the results we won three Premier League titles, played 49 games unbeaten and I'm very proud to have won seven FA Cups too."

On Arsenal's future: "I see a bright future for my successor because the team has a good attitude and quality. The team needs some additions and if they get them I think they will compete for the Premier League title."

Sunday's victory over the Terriers was the first time in eight attempts Wenger's men have picked up any points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 - making them the last professional team in England to do so.
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