Iwobi scores as Wenger wins final home match

May 6th, 2018

Super Eagles striker, Alex Iwobi registered his name in the Arsenal goal chat as Arsene Wenger said his farewell to Emirates Stadium in the same way it all began for him as Arsenal manager 7,876 days ago – with victory.

In a season of discontent and occasional open rebellion, this was a day for a united front to celebrate the career of the manager who has brought so much success and style to Arsenal since starting his reign with that 2-0 win at Ewood Park in 1996.

And it was the potent strike force Wenger will leave behind that set up this easy win, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette establishing the platform by half-time.

Sead Kolasinac, Alex Iwobi and a second from Lacazette wrapped up sixth place – but this was Wenger’s day.

His name swept around the stands inside the first two minutes, swiftly followed by that of Patrick Vieira, who has been linked as a potential successor.

The other great names who brought glory under Wenger were also recognised in song, from Thierry Henry and Martin Keown to Dennis Bergkamp.

Burnley’s fans sang their own tribute to Wenger, but were also quick with a cutting comeback to the adulation by singing “You Wanted Him Sacked” at Arsenal’s fans.

Other former Arsenal players, such as Jens Lehmann, Robert Pires, Kanu and Sol Campbell, were there to join in the emotional post-match scenes.

No Arsenal fans left their seats once the real celebrations began at the final whistle – although the one note of dissent came when Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick was jeered as he emerged to make presentations to retiring veteran Arsenal backroom man Vic Akers, ladies’ captain

It was then Wenger’s turn to speak, and the Emirates fell silent for his final words, which started with a touch of typical Wenger class and humanity as he sent his best wishes to his old adversary and latterly friend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wenger, with his own giant image paraded on a floating flag behind him, spoke quietly with genuine emotion, ending with the message: “I will miss you.”

Wenger will cut the ties that have bound him to Arsenal at Huddersfield Town next week before this giant club starts to navigate a path away from the Wenger era.

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