Friday, January 27, 2023

Wenger: I want to finish my love story well

Tomorrow night’s Europa League semi-final second-leg tie against Atletico Madrid will be Arsene Wenger’s 250th tie as a coach in European competition.

It might be his last. It might not. That’s to be decided. It depends on what the boss does next.

Ahead of Thursday’s clash at the Wanda Metropolitano, the boss made clear that he’s desperate to draw a line under his 22 years at Arsenal on a high note.

“I don’t know what I will do next season,” he said on Wednesday when asked about what his future holds.

“At the moment, I would like to finish my job well. I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all his commitment and energy.

“I would like one day to know I worked with all my energy until the last day. I would like to look back and think I finished this love affair well.”

Despite a European trophy eluding him thus far, the boss maintains that he takes huge pride in the fact that he’s been in the Champions League so regularly and that he’s driven to get the Gunners there again.

“I did that for 20 or 21 years, I don’t even know, to be in the Champions League. I want of course to achieve it.”

He went on: “In football you think you have seen it before but you can always discover new things. Every game surprises you – that’s why it is a new adventure. You never know what to expect. That’s why the excitement is the same.”

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Danger Mouse

250 European ties!!! That’s incredible. I’ve had a mad feeling all week that we’re gonna do it.

Arsene's Micki

Me too mate, and my gut has never let me down so far. coygooners! ?

jack jack jack

Every time I look in the mirror I feel like my gut’s let me down.

Sandè Class

Oahahahahahahahahah! Legend! _/\_

Sandè Class

Not a “mad feeling” buddy. Just……an epiphany. Really. 😉

Pedant

Crazy CL matches, let’s hope we sneak it by a goal as well.

DulwichGooner

My heart breaks yet again ?

JJs Bender

Come on boys! Do it for Le Boss

Merteslacker

Let’s give this Frenchman the love story he deserves!

ArsenAlan

I hope someone punts Costa in the balls

Mayor McCheese

I frequently finish a love story in ten seconds or less.

Sand

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 _/\_

Hi-brid

“It might be his last. It might not. That’s to be decided. It depends on what the boss does next.” More immediately, it depends on what the team does tonight. COYG!

OdalGooner

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Wenger admirer

Beautiful words from the heart.
You are right, no matter what we should look back in joy on the Wenger era. He is the reason I became a fan.

ElvisMozart

I hope so much he’ll make to the final. Wenger deserves it.

I can’t predict the second leg at all.
If we play like in the first leg, the chances are really good.
Normally, such a game ends with 3:0 or higher.

But I’m not sure if we can do a similar job away from home.
Athletico is very happy with a 0:0. They’ll park the bus more than they did in the first leg

Sammy Nelsons dropped shorts

Holding V Costa 2 anyone? Reckon a 3 at the back would be the way to go

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