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Arsene Wenger pays tribute to Arsenal fans and wishes Sir Alex Ferguson well

PUBLISHED: 19:54 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:54 06 May 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

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Arsene Wenger sent his best wishes to old foe turned friend Sir Alex Ferguson in a moving speech after the final whistle of his final game at the Emirates as Arsenal boss before going on to praise Gunners fans.

Wenger speaking to the crowd moments after his side beat Burnley 5-0 on Sunday showed his dignity and class by first wishing the stricken former Manchester United manager well.

The Frenchman said: “Before I start I just want to say that at Arsenal we care and I would like to wish my fellow manager Ferguson well, very quickly.

“Thank you for having me for such a long time but above all, I’m like you - I’m an Arsenal fan.”

Wenger, who has been in charge for 22 years was handed the gold Premier League trophy the club were awarded after winning the 2003-04 title following an unbeaten 38 league-match campaign.

He added: “I will always be an Arsenal fan. It is what unites us in every cell of our body, those dreams and worries.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club who makes this club so special.

“This group of players has special quality, not only on the pitch, but off it too. Support them next season, because they deserve it.

“I will miss you. Thank you for being such an important part of my life. I hope to see you soon.”

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