Arsenal boss Wenger: Fans always with me

Dean Simpson
April 26, 2018

The former Arsenal captain and France worldwide told Britain's The Times in an interview that he was "honoured" to have his name mentioned among the possible candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager.

Wenger admitted he had stepped aside to unite a fan base fed up with years of mediocre results, having been spoilt by success and silky football in the first decade of his reign. We reached the final of the League Cup and a European semi-final.

Arsenal, who are sixth in the domestic standings, can still qualify for next season's Champions League by beating Atletico and going on to win the Europa League. But Wenger's legacy will be looked on more kindly if he could bow out in his homeland in May in Lyon by guaranteeing Champions League football for his successor.

"Let's not get lost in celebrating the end of his era".

"It would have been my greatest achievement".

Arsenal will flood forward at Emirates Stadium while Atletico will sit back; Arsenal will dominate possession, Atletico will counter; Arsenal will risk leaving gaps and Atletico will do everything they can to close them.

Wenger has said that he wants to remain in management after leaving Arsenal, but has not specified whether that means at club level or global. The hosts are likely to need to feed off positive energy from the stands to build a lead to take to Madrid in a week's time against European specialists Atlético.

His standing is enhanced by two stints and five years playing for Los Rojiblancos, the first spell yielding a league and cup double in 1996, when Simeone was the captain.

Monaco are one of a string of sides to have exploited Arsenal's inability to defend against counter-attacks in Europe, and with Antoine Griezmann, Costa and Kevin Gameiro in line to feature at the Emirates Stadium, Atletico will be confident of doing the same. Costa was a thorn in Wenger's side throughout his time at Chelsea, scoring three goals in his six appearances against the Gunners and getting under their skin like few others.

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