So there it is, the final chapter in has been penned, and Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal football club.
It’s hard to believe that after 22 years, the big man will no longer parade The Arsenal dugout.
No more 60th minute subs. No more zipper issues in the dugout. No debates about what the next steps should be.
The Huddersfield game gave the manager an away win on his final game, a beautiful 2-yard tap-in from Aubameyang coming from an Aaron Ramsey assist (likely to be Welshman’s last game as well).
I mean, let’s not talk about the game, we were lucky to escape with three points. The players were a disgrace in the final hurrah. Everyone has been tapped out of playing since February. Very disappointing, but I guess they don’t care about the club or fairytales like we do.
I don’t really know what to write, because I feel like a blew my goodbye load on his last home game.
Even though I’ve been vocally opposed to the manager for many years, I have a great amount of respect for him. He gave me some of the most exciting football of my life. Growing up during his peak offering to the masses is something no amount of banter years can ever take away.
My childhood plotted with heroes, elite moments and trophies galore. What an artist Wenger was when he first came over. He played the game like the gods wanted it played. He was the conductor of the most incredible symphony for a good ten years.
I’ll write more about that another day. We’ll also revisit the banter years as well, because even during the dark times, Wenger still pulled together squads 70% capable of delivering a trophy. Maybe a little more ambition post-2006 and things may have been a bit more trophy-laden.
For now though, it’s a thanks for the memories type of day.
I hope he finds a cushy job somewhere else, makes a boatload of cash, and plays football on the beach with the locals like a hero.
As for Arsenal? Well, the future is unpredictable. The next manager is still undecided. We could be in for a rocky couple of years, but look, it’ll all be in the name of progress and it’ll be exciting. The club has been chained to sentimentality for far too long, thankfully, that’s about to change.
The board need to bring back the excitement to the Arsenal season ticket and help us awaken the sleeping giant that’s been dormant since we moved to the new stadium.
For now, it’s goodbye Arsene. The club will forever be indebted for your outstanding dedication to the red and white of Arsenal.
Tune in a little later for a very long read on who I think the next manager should be, it’s a fine read I think.