Arsene Wenger admits he wants to sit in North Bank and 'shout at the next manager'

The Frenchman was given an emotional send-off following his final home game after 22 years as Arsenal boss.

After the 5-0 thrashing of Burnley he admitted: “It’s a new start for me.

“I have to learn how to reconnect with myself and organise everything in my life. For 22 years I have had to forget about my own feelings and care about the problems I needed to sort out.

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“Now I have a bit more time for myself and I would be happy to come back one day and sit in the North Bank. Then I could shout at the next manager!

“But that depends on whether I will work somewhere else, whether I will be free in my next job.”

Wenger, 68, won three titles and seven FA Cups with the Gunners.

He added: “It’s a story that ends and I will cherish every minute I was here. You will all be happy to see a younger face in front of you and I have to deal with that.

“But the reception I have received from the supporters today means that even if they are not always happy, they still respect me and know that, at least, I always gave my total commitment.

“They understand that I worked with complete integrity and I take that as a big compliment.

“I don’t want to speak about the next manager because I have nothing to do with that and I don’t want to give him a handicap by putting pressure on him.

“But he will inherit a much better team than people think. You can see that the togetherness is special and with the right additions this team will challenge next year.”

Wenger was presented with a gold Premier League trophy originally awarded to his unbeaten Arsenal side after their 2003-04 Invincibles season and admitted: “I don’t know where I will put it. It is a complete surprise for me.

“So many things have happened today from the moment I woke up — but after 840 Premier League games can you imagine how many sleepless nights I have had?”

Tonight sleep will come easy as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi gave him a great finish to his time in North London.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche shrugged off his team’s heaviest defeat of the season 24 hours after they were assured of securing Europa League football next season.

He said: “We didn’t have our usual edge. Arsenal had something to turn up for, although it must be frustrating for Arsene that they don’t play like that a bit more often.

“But I am not going to question my players because they have been absolutely outstanding this season.

“For a club like Burnley to be in Europe is a massive achievement and beyond what everyone thought we were capable of.”

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