Arsene Wenger has hailed the Arsenal fans for their 'fantastic' support of the side this season.
The Gunners will end the season without a trophy for the fifth successive season under the French manager, although lost a Carling Cup final to Birmingham, went close to beating Barcelona in the Champions League knockout rounds and only faded in the Barclays Premier League during the final months of the season.
Whilst questions have been raised in some quarters over Wenger's future at the Emirates, the boss was quick to thank the fans for continuing to get behind the players in north London ahead of their final home game against Aston Villa this Sunday.
"I believe that the fans have been fantastic and they have supported the team. We want to wish them well for the break period, thank them for their support for the whole season and hope to see them behind the team soon," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.
"I feel they can be proud of this team and of the Club, even if we couldn’t deliver the silverware that we wanted to deliver this season. Anybody who follows the Club, I believe, can be proud of the Club."
Home victories against Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United suggest Arsenal aren't far away from being serious title contenders once again, and the continuous rise of youth stars at the club appears to bode well for the future.
Wenger has urged the fans to continue trusting the players, and will be desperate to turn the near misses into success for the loyal fans next season. He also made a small hint at summer additions, and speculation claims he's to be busy in the transfer market this summer.
"Trust this team first. I believe we have worked well, we had a very good young team out against Manchester United and looked convincing in our display," he concluded with Arsenal.com.
"Trust this team and trust us to add what is needed."
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