Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ll know that Sunday’s match with Burnley is Arsene Wenger’s last home game in charge of Arsenal.
It’s sure to be an emotional day for all Gunners fans and the club are keen to ensure the Frenchman gets the send-off he deserves for 22-years of service.
According to the Telegraph, supporters at the Emirates will each receive a t-shirt with ‘Merci Arsene’ to commemorate the day. It’s also reported that there will be a guard of honour from both sets of players before the 4.30 kick-off. Given Burnley are just behind us in the table, the pre-game stuff is set to be low key. Once we’ve won (*shakes fist at players*), it sounds as though things will really kick off.
In addition to the traditional lap of appreciation that takes place after the final home game of every season, there will be on-pitch presentations.
Naturally, the boss will be centre stage, but by the sounds of things, kit man Vic Akers, captain Per Mertesacker and Women’s star Alex Scott, all three of whom are retiring from their respective roles, will also be given a chance to say their goodbyes.
Members of Arsenal’s 100 Club – players who’ve featured 100 times or more for the Gunners – have been invited to take part in the celebrations.
Wenger will conclude his tenure with away games against Leicester and Huddersfield. It’s not quite as poetic as winning a first European trophy on home turf, but a trip to the club where Herbert Chapman made his name has a smidgen of romance about it. Sort of.
Anyway, here’s to a great day on Sunday. If you have a ticket, be sure to turn up early!