Arsene Wenger's final game as Arsenal manager at the Emirates Stadium went about as perfect as he could have imagined.
The Frenchman's side dismantled Burnley 5-0, with a brace from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, as well as goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi giving Arsenal a convincing victory.
Arsenal's attention now switches to securing a manager to succeed Wenger, but the 68-year-old claimed he would not speak publicly about their decision.
“I think it is better I don’t speak publicly about the next manager because I’m not involved in the story,” he said after the game on Sunday.
“I do not want to put any pressure on the club to choose this guy or this guy and give already a handicap to the guy who comes in because he has been chosen or it wasn’t my decision – I am nothing to do with that.
But Wenger did say he thinks that the new manager will challenge next year.
“I just think he inherits a team that is much better than people think it is," he added. "I’m convinced, you can see the togetherness of this team is special and with the right additions this team will challenge next year.”
THE TWO LEADING CANDIDATES
Many names have been linked with the Arsenal job.
Early contenders included Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira.
But now Arsenal have whittled down their list to two ideal candidates.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal want either Luis Enrique or Massimiliano Allegri to be their new manager.
That would undoubtedly go down well with fans, with both candidates possessing the experience needed to take on such a high profile job.
But there seems to be a problem.
Sky Sports go on to state: "Both have concerns about taking the job because of the club’s management structure.
"Arsenal appointed a head of football relations (Raul Sanllehi) and a head of recruitment (Sven Mislintat) last year and the new manager would have to work closely with both."
So although Arsenal are aiming high, it seems that the structure in place at the club could prevent them from getting their ideal candidate.
WENGER: "I WILL MISS YOU"
Wenger was given the microphone on the pitch after the Burnley win, and he had an emotional message for Arsenal fans.
"Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that's not easy," he said. "Above all I am like you: I am an Arsenal fan. That means this is more than just watching football, it's a way of life. It is caring about the beautiful game, about the values that we cherish.
"I would like to thank everybody at the club who makes this club so special. I would invite you to really push to support the players and the staff who will remain behind me.
"For me these football players have a special quality, not only on the pitch but off the pitch. Please follow this team and support them next season because they deserve it.
"I would like to finish by saying I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life. I hope to see you soon. Well done. Bye bye."News Now - Sport News