Arsene Wenger sends heartfelt message to Arsenal fans after song
Arsene Wenger thanks Arsenal's fans after the Gunners' 4-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League
Arsene Wenger has thanked Arsenal’s fans for their support after they showed their appreciation for the Frenchman during the Gunners’ 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Arsenal claimed all three points in what was the Gunners’ first game since Wenger announced that he would be stepping down as manager at the end of the season to bring an end to his 22-year spell at the club.
There were chants of ‘One Arsene Wenger’ during the game as the Gunners fans showed their appreciation for their long-serving manager.
And the Arsenal manager opened up about his feelings after the north London club’s victory over the Hammers this weekend.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Wenger said: “I’m happy when our fans are happy. I’m even ready to suffer to make them happy.
“If sometimes they make me happy as well then I’m happy. I’ll take it. Every single decision I’ve made in my 22 years is for the good and the sake of Arsenal, even when it was the wrong decision my one priority was to do well for the club.
“I tried to influence the club on the structural side, on the development of the individual players and of course the style of play and results.
“To combine the three is not always easy and I believe that I will leave a club that is in a very strong position on all fronts.
“My target was always to do that and I give an opportunity to the guy who comes in after me to do even better in the next 20 years. That’s my wish.”
Arsenal will now be fully focused on the first leg of their crunch Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid at The Emirates on Thursday night.
The north London side are aiming to win the competition this season after their dismal Premier League form has left them in sixth place in the table.
Winning the Europa League would secure their spot directly in the group stage of the Champions League for next season.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.