Laurent Koscielny admits Arsenal have fallen short of the targets they set themselves at the beginning of the season but urged frustrated fans to get behind the club as they pay respect to Arsene Wenger in the final weeks of his time at the club.
While the Gunners poor form on the road has killed their chances of a Champions League return via a top four finish, there remains an opportunity to qualify for the tournament with victory in the Europa League and what would be the club’s first European trophy since 1994.
All eyes will be on Arsenal when they take on Atletico Madrid in their semi-final first-leg on Thursday with vice-captain Koscielny calling for club unity and for respect for Wenger’s legacy.
“The book is nearly finished but we have seven finals to play and we want to give him a happy end.
“He gave the chance for other players to play for this club and believes in us so now we need to do a job just for him. What he did for many years for the club is unbelievable so all the fans, all the people who work in this club and all the players, they have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great coach and a great man.
“We didn’t hit the target we wanted at the beginning of the season and we understand the fans and that they are not happy, but today we need to show our respect for one person who did not create, but helped to build the club into what it is now – one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“So now we just need to stay together and respect it.”