Patrick Vieira's awkward reaction to being contacted by Arsenal about manager's role


Greeted by headlines asking 'Arsene who?' when he was hired in 1996, Wenger departs firmly established as Arsenal's greatest manager.

The Mirror says current first team coaches Bould and Jens Lehmann have been asked to stay by Arsenal while others - including Gerry Peyton, Boro Primorac and Neil Banfield - are leaving.

The veteran Frenchman is ending a 22-year stay at Arsenal but he has yet to confirm his next move, while former player Mikel Arteta is the front-runner to succeed him at Emirates Stadium.

It would be a significant gamble to hand the reins to the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has never managed a side before. Wenger was given gifts to mark the day and a guard of honour was once again formed for the Arsenal manager before kick off. "As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all".

Wenger, who announced on April 20 that he would leave the club at the end of the season, saw out his 1,235th and final match in charge with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Once the action was under way, a plane flew over the ground carrying the banner "Merci Arsene - we'll miss you". To enjoy it we had to win it, winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it. "People are so nice since I said that". I think I did that to get to the level that the Premier League required of me, ' he told STV News back in 2012.

"Yes I had offers, yes, of course".

Arsenal have won the FA Cup seven times under Wenger, including three triumphs in the past five seasons at the French coach.

It's a fearless, new, exciting and uncertain world for Arsenal and Arsenal fans, but after complaints about all the old familiar failings, isn't that exactly what people wanted?