What Arsene Wenger did during his own guard of honour sums him up

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Arsene Wenger managed Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for the final time on Sunday afternoon.

The veteran French coach, who will leave the north London club at the end of the season, masterminded a 5-0 victory over seventh-placed Burnley - a result which should ensure the Gunners finish the season in sixth position.

Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi sealed all three points for the home side.

Wenger, whose team were knocked out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage by Atletico Madrid on Thursday night, will end his 22-year spell with the Gunners with two away matches over the course of the next seven days.

Arsenal play their penultimate match of the 2017-18 campaign away at Leicester City on Wednesday night and finish the campaign with a visit to Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium next Sunday.

In many ways, though, the match against Burnley felt like Wenger’s final game.

It was an afternoon for the Arsenal fans to pay tribute to arguably the finest manager in the club’s history.

What Wenger did during his guard of honour

Before kick-off, Wenger received a guard of honour from the Arsenal and Burnley players, plus Sean Dyche and the match officials.

This was a fitting end to Wenger’s Arsenal tenure.

Football fans noticed how Wenger shook the hands with Dyche and the match officials during his own guard of honour. Pure class.

Most people in the same position would have soaked up the adulation and forgotten all about the pre-match handshakes. But not Wenger. (Watch the video here).

Wenger's possible replacements

This footage perfectly sums up the 68-year-old: a man of class, humility and dignity.

The Premier League won’t feel the same without Wenger, although the time was right for him to depart.


Arsenal are currently on the hunt for his successor and a number of high-profile figures have been linked to the job in recent weeks including Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique.

However, the bookies’ favourite to replace Wenger is Jurgen Klopp’s long-term assistant Zeljko Buvac, who will not return to Anfield for the remainder of the season following a reported bust-up with the Liverpool boss.

Arsenal fans: who do you want to replace Arsene Wenger? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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