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Sunday 27 May 2018

Wenger's painful fairwell

Arsene Wenger. Pic: PA
Arsene Wenger. Pic: PA

Arsene Wenger has revealed that the long farewell to his reign as Arsenal manager has not been a completely enjoyable experience.

The Frenchman will take charge of his final Arsenal game when his side travel to face Huddersfield on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on almost 22 years at the helm.

The club announced he would be leaving back on April 20 with the Gunners still in the Europa League semi-finals and with five Premier League games remaining.

Since then, the Europa League clash with Atletico Madrid was lost 2-1 on aggregate while the club continue without an away league point in 2018 following defeats at Manchester United and Leicester. Home victories over West Ham and Burnley, the latter followed by a special on-pitch presentation to Wenger to mark his final match in charge at the Emirates Stadium, have been high points but the outgoing 68-year-old conceded the drawn-out exit has also had negatives.

"I enjoyed some aspects of it, yes - and not all," he said.

"It was not always easy to cut slowly with what you do everyday and always you want to do it as well as you can and you don't want to forget to thank people who deserve it.

"There are some people here who I employed 20 years ago who did fight for me every single day so it is not easy to say goodbye."

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