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Five-star farewell as Arsene claims his Gunners can pack big punch

Arsenal 5 Burnley 0

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Arsene Wenger bid farewell to the Emirates Stadium yesterday before insisting his replacement as Arsenal manager will take over a highly-underrated squad.

The 68-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a reign lasting almost 22 years.

His final home game in charge saw the Gunners thrash Burnley 5-0 as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi set up a fitting goodbye to their manager.

Wenger, whose final season will end without silverware and with the lowest Premier League finish of his tenure, was presented with Arsenal's golden 'Invincibles' trophy from their unbeaten 2003/04 title-winning season.

Speaking after the usual lap of honour which he completed with his players, the Frenchman would again not be drawn on his replacement but said the team at his disposal will be good enough to challenge for honours - provided there are some key additions.

"I think it is better I don't speak publicly about the next manager because I'm not involved in the story," he said.

"I just think he inherits a team that is much better than people think it is. I'm convinced, you can see the togetherness of this team is special and with the right additions this team will challenge next year."

While Premier League and Champions League failures have seen Wenger's position questioned by some fans in recent seasons, the Arsenal supporters came together to give him a rousing send-off.

"It means that even if you are not always happy, they still respect me and wanted to show me that at least they think I gave my total commitment to do well," Wenger said of the reception.

"That is of course how I see it and how I take it, they know that my commitment was genuine, total and with complete integrity so I take it as a big complement."

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