Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger forecasts European League and 16 team Premier League

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger forecasts European League and 16 team Premier League

Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final game as Arsenal manager at Huddersfield tomorrow, with the home side organising an ovation in the 22nd minute in recognition of the Frenchman's 22 years at the helm.

He announced he would be leaving Arsenal after nearly 22 years in charge then saw his side miss out on a place in the Europa League Final because of a narrow defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

The win, courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal, ensured Arsenal would end the season on a high with their first away point and win over 2018.

"I enjoyed some aspects of it, yes - and not all", Wenger said during his final pre-match press conference at Arsenal's training base on Thursday.

"You see on Sunday when you speak about the goodbye I had with the fans is that some of the fans won't agree always with my decisions but I think they respected one thing - that I was honest, loyal and committed to the values of the club".

Arsenal travel to the John Smith's Stadium knowing they will finish sixth in the Premier League, the lowest ever position under Wenger, as the 68-year-old departs.

"We wanted that away win".

Arsenal were hoping to have Wenger for one more game as they fought to reach the Europa League final, falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. A £10m player when we built the stadium was huge. "It is going to be unusual without him next season but he has been brilliant and we will forever be thankful", he added.

Once the action was under way, a plane flew over the ground carrying the banner "Merci Arsene - we'll miss you".

The only teams with a worse record in Premier League history are Derby County (22 games in 2007-08) and Leeds United (21 in 1996-97).

"Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club".

"I will stay in football whether I am managing a team or not".

When asked to elaborate on his theory and the reasons for it, Wenger said: "To sell it well".

He added that there was no sense of relief that his farewell period had come to a close. Today, I do not know what I am going to do next. I just want to wish this group of players well and the staff who are coming in.

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