"I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again".
"I would like as well to thank everyone at the club who makes it so special, I would invite you, really push, support these players and the staff who remains behind me, these group of players has a special quality".
Wenger's last Arsenal programme notes began by talking about the painful European defeat in Madrid, which confirmed his haul of major trophies with the club - three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups - would end at 10.
"I don't think he'll be available for the rest of the season".
It's been a superb campaign for Sean Dyche's men that's destined to see them in the Europa League qualifying rounds [at least] next season so we shouldn't be taking anything for granted today if we want to send Wenger off with a win.
Say what you like about Wenger's last few seasons with Arsenal but you can't deny that he's a true gentleman. There's no place for Mesut Ozil, but Per Mertesacker could come on for his final home game.
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Nigeria and Arsenal's Alex Iwobi has said departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was the cornerstone of his career.
"It will be hard to say thank you enough", he told a news conference (via Goal).
"Do you know what that means, how many sleepless nights?" he said.
"This stadium I have worked on every single part from your press conference to the technical areas, so it is part of myself", said Wenger, who was given a hero's reception on a final lap of honour at full-time.
Wenger said in in his prematch interview that the Germany worldwide has "a recurrence of his back problem", and added: "How long is he out, I don't know".
Calling the Emirates "this theatre of dreams", Wenger added: "I will miss you". This is more than just watching football, it's a way of life. It has not sunk in yet because I am still so focused and you are a bit robotic thinking about the next game.