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Wembley united to pay tribute to Ray Wilkins during the FA Cup Final, as two of his former clubs battled it out for the domestic season's last piece of silverware. Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and Manchester United in a distinguished career, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 61. Wilkins wore the No.8 shirt for both clubs and Wembley was the scene of one of his most celebrated goals - a curling shot from distance for United against Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final. There were banners at both the red and blue ends of Wembley to honour Wilkins, who won 84 England caps. In a nod to his shirt number both sets of supporters sang 'there's only one Ray Wilkins' in the eighth minute of the final. There was also a tribute to the man known as 'Butch' in the matchday programme. The England midfielder also won the Cup three times as a coach at Chelsea, including alongside Carlo Ancelotti as part of a domestic Double in 2010. His family were invited to spend the day in Wembley's Royal Box with widow Jackie presenting the trophy to the winning captain. Wilkins' son Ross said: “The FA invited us into the Royal Box. It is an amazing thing to do. It will be an extremely emotional day, given the teams and history, but to effectively hold it in Dad’s memory is unreal. Ray Wilkins scored a stunning goal for Man Utd in the 1983 final Credit: Getty Images “It is one of the biggest sporting events globally but it will be doubled with emotion and I think that will probably take over. That mum is being allowed to present the trophy is just phenomenal. It is a lovely gesture from the FA.” In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, former Chelsea manager Eddie McCreadie recalled handing Wilkins the Chelsea armband at the age of 18. “Butch was a player I wanted to rebuild the team around,” said McGreadie. “I remember when I told him he was to be my captain, him saying to me: ‘You think I can do it?’ I never had a moment’s doubt.” A Chelsea legends XI played an exhibition match in Wilkins' memory against an Inter legends team at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Wembley pays tribute to Ray Wilkins as Chelsea and Manchester United fans unite
Wembley united to pay tribute to Ray Wilkins during the FA Cup Final, as two of his former clubs battled it out for the domestic season's last piece of silverware. Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and Manchester United in a distinguished career, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 61. Wilkins wore the No.8 shirt for both clubs and Wembley was the scene of one of his most celebrated goals - a curling shot from distance for United against Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final. There were banners at both the red and blue ends of Wembley to honour Wilkins, who won 84 England caps. In a nod to his shirt number both sets of supporters sang 'there's only one Ray Wilkins' in the eighth minute of the final. There was also a tribute to the man known as 'Butch' in the matchday programme. The England midfielder also won the Cup three times as a coach at Chelsea, including alongside Carlo Ancelotti as part of a domestic Double in 2010. His family were invited to spend the day in Wembley's Royal Box with widow Jackie presenting the trophy to the winning captain. Wilkins' son Ross said: “The FA invited us into the Royal Box. It is an amazing thing to do. It will be an extremely emotional day, given the teams and history, but to effectively hold it in Dad’s memory is unreal. Ray Wilkins scored a stunning goal for Man Utd in the 1983 final Credit: Getty Images “It is one of the biggest sporting events globally but it will be doubled with emotion and I think that will probably take over. That mum is being allowed to present the trophy is just phenomenal. It is a lovely gesture from the FA.” In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, former Chelsea manager Eddie McCreadie recalled handing Wilkins the Chelsea armband at the age of 18. “Butch was a player I wanted to rebuild the team around,” said McGreadie. “I remember when I told him he was to be my captain, him saying to me: ‘You think I can do it?’ I never had a moment’s doubt.” A Chelsea legends XI played an exhibition match in Wilkins' memory against an Inter legends team at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Wembley united to pay tribute to Ray Wilkins during the FA Cup Final, as two of his former clubs battled it out for the domestic season's last piece of silverware. Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and Manchester United in a distinguished career, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 61. Wilkins wore the No.8 shirt for both clubs and Wembley was the scene of one of his most celebrated goals - a curling shot from distance for United against Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final. There were banners at both the red and blue ends of Wembley to honour Wilkins, who won 84 England caps. In a nod to his shirt number both sets of supporters sang 'there's only one Ray Wilkins' in the eighth minute of the final. There was also a tribute to the man known as 'Butch' in the matchday programme. The England midfielder also won the Cup three times as a coach at Chelsea, including alongside Carlo Ancelotti as part of a domestic Double in 2010. His family were invited to spend the day in Wembley's Royal Box with widow Jackie presenting the trophy to the winning captain. Wilkins' son Ross said: “The FA invited us into the Royal Box. It is an amazing thing to do. It will be an extremely emotional day, given the teams and history, but to effectively hold it in Dad’s memory is unreal. Ray Wilkins scored a stunning goal for Man Utd in the 1983 final Credit: Getty Images “It is one of the biggest sporting events globally but it will be doubled with emotion and I think that will probably take over. That mum is being allowed to present the trophy is just phenomenal. It is a lovely gesture from the FA.” In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, former Chelsea manager Eddie McCreadie recalled handing Wilkins the Chelsea armband at the age of 18. “Butch was a player I wanted to rebuild the team around,” said McGreadie. “I remember when I told him he was to be my captain, him saying to me: ‘You think I can do it?’ I never had a moment’s doubt.” A Chelsea legends XI played an exhibition match in Wilkins' memory against an Inter legends team at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Wembley pays tribute to Ray Wilkins as Chelsea and Manchester United fans unite
Wembley united to pay tribute to Ray Wilkins during the FA Cup Final, as two of his former clubs battled it out for the domestic season's last piece of silverware. Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and Manchester United in a distinguished career, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 61. Wilkins wore the No.8 shirt for both clubs and Wembley was the scene of one of his most celebrated goals - a curling shot from distance for United against Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final. There were banners at both the red and blue ends of Wembley to honour Wilkins, who won 84 England caps. In a nod to his shirt number both sets of supporters sang 'there's only one Ray Wilkins' in the eighth minute of the final. There was also a tribute to the man known as 'Butch' in the matchday programme. The England midfielder also won the Cup three times as a coach at Chelsea, including alongside Carlo Ancelotti as part of a domestic Double in 2010. His family were invited to spend the day in Wembley's Royal Box with widow Jackie presenting the trophy to the winning captain. Wilkins' son Ross said: “The FA invited us into the Royal Box. It is an amazing thing to do. It will be an extremely emotional day, given the teams and history, but to effectively hold it in Dad’s memory is unreal. Ray Wilkins scored a stunning goal for Man Utd in the 1983 final Credit: Getty Images “It is one of the biggest sporting events globally but it will be doubled with emotion and I think that will probably take over. That mum is being allowed to present the trophy is just phenomenal. It is a lovely gesture from the FA.” In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, former Chelsea manager Eddie McCreadie recalled handing Wilkins the Chelsea armband at the age of 18. “Butch was a player I wanted to rebuild the team around,” said McGreadie. “I remember when I told him he was to be my captain, him saying to me: ‘You think I can do it?’ I never had a moment’s doubt.” A Chelsea legends XI played an exhibition match in Wilkins' memory against an Inter legends team at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
A victory over Lazio is required to claim a top four place, but the club's manager feels his side are worthy after showing resilience this season
Inter players deserve Champions League football, insists Spalletti
A victory over Lazio is required to claim a top four place, but the club's manager feels his side are worthy after showing resilience this season
A victory over Lazio is required to claim a top four place, but the club's manager feels his side are worthy after showing resilience this season
Inter players deserve Champions League football, insists Spalletti
A victory over Lazio is required to claim a top four place, but the club's manager feels his side are worthy after showing resilience this season
Inter must beat Lazio to claim a Champions League place, but Luciano Spalletti believes it would reward their efforts for the season.
Inter have earned Champions League football, insists Spalletti
Inter must beat Lazio to claim a Champions League place, but Luciano Spalletti believes it would reward their efforts for the season.
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Zanetti looking forward to FA Cup final
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Zanetti looking forward to FA Cup final
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Zanetti looking forward to FA Cup final
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti is expecting an exciting match between Manchester United and Chelsea when the two teams meet on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
Chelsea Legends beaten by Inter Forever in charity match dedicated to Ray Wilkins
The 29-year-old who recently announced his return to the Black Stars fold after a four year absence, is leaving the Turin side
Ghana's Asamoah announces Juventus departure amid Inter speculation
The 29-year-old who recently announced his return to the Black Stars fold after a four year absence, is leaving the Turin side
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
Big Match Focus - Lazio v Inter
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
Big Match Focus - Lazio v Inter
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
Big Match Focus - Lazio v Inter
Lazio must avoid defeat on the final matchday to Inter to secure Serie A's last UEFA Champions League place.
The 29-year-old who recently announced his return to the Black Stars fold after a four year absence, is leaving the Turin side
Ghana's Asamoah announces Juventus departure amid Inter speculation
The 29-year-old who recently announced his return to the Black Stars fold after a four year absence, is leaving the Turin side
Kwadwo Asamoah posted a letter to Twitter, bidding farewell to Juventus and thanking the club's fans ahead of Saturday's season finale.
Asamoah announces Juventus exit amid Inter speculation
Kwadwo Asamoah posted a letter to Twitter, bidding farewell to Juventus and thanking the club's fans ahead of Saturday's season finale.
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
ISL: Albert Roca parts way with Bengaluru FC
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
ISL: Albert Roca parts way with Bengaluru FC
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon warms up REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/Files
Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus
Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Juventus - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 28, 2018 Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon warms up REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/Files
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
ISL: Albert Roca parts way with Bengaluru FC
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
ISL: Albert Roca parts way with Bengaluru FC
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
ISL: Albert Roca parts way with Bengaluru FC
The Spanish tactician has opted to part ways with the Blues after guiding them to the Inter-Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup....
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
AFC Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri leads Bengaluru FC to the inter-zone playoffs
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
AFC Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri leads Bengaluru FC to the inter-zone playoffs
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
AFC Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri leads Bengaluru FC to the inter-zone playoffs
Sunil Chhetri led from the front, assisting three goals and scoring one as Bengaluru made light work of Abahani Dhaka in their final Group E match...
Wins for Indian clubs Aizawl and Bengaluru helped the Super Cup champions reach the inter-zone play-off semi-final of AFC Cup 2018...
AFC Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC through to the inter-zone play-off semi-final
Wins for Indian clubs Aizawl and Bengaluru helped the Super Cup champions reach the inter-zone play-off semi-final of AFC Cup 2018...
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray (AFP Photo/Carlo BRESSAN)
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray
Roberto Mancini has enjoyed club success at Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray (AFP Photo/Carlo BRESSAN)
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach (AFP Photo/Giuseppe CACACE)
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach (AFP Photo/Giuseppe CACACE)
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach
Roberto Mancini, seen here in his Inter Milan days, is the new Italy coach
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup. Mancini, as had been widely predicted, was named as the new national team coach to replace the hapless Gian Piero Ventura, sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The 53-year-old will begin the job - which had previously been turned down by former Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti - in the unlikely setting of a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28. The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team." It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence. Mancini will have to decide whether to recall Mario Balotelli, who he worked with at Man City Credit: Getty images Four-times world champions Italy are at an all time low of 20th in the FIFA rankings after losing to 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a playoff for a place in Russia. They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016. One of Mancini's first decisions will be whether to recall maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who he often clashed with when the pair were at Manchester City. Balotelli has not been called up by Italy since the 2014 World Cup. Mancini, a gifted forward in his playing days, won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad He began his coaching career with Fiorentina in 2001 and won the Coppa Italia in his first season even though the club was plagued by financial problems. He then moved to Lazio but had his biggest success at Inter Milan where he won three successive Serie A titles. That was followed by a stint at big-spending Manchester City where he won one English Premier League and one FA Cup title in four seasons. Since then, he has coached at Galatasaray, had another less successful spell at Inter and finally a season at Zenit. At one point, he criticised predecessor Antonio Conte for calling up naturalised players such as Brazilian-born Eder and Argentine-born Franco Vazquez.
Roberto Mancini handed daunting task of rebuilding Italy after World Cup failure
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup. Mancini, as had been widely predicted, was named as the new national team coach to replace the hapless Gian Piero Ventura, sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The 53-year-old will begin the job - which had previously been turned down by former Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti - in the unlikely setting of a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28. The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team." It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence. Mancini will have to decide whether to recall Mario Balotelli, who he worked with at Man City Credit: Getty images Four-times world champions Italy are at an all time low of 20th in the FIFA rankings after losing to 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a playoff for a place in Russia. They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016. One of Mancini's first decisions will be whether to recall maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who he often clashed with when the pair were at Manchester City. Balotelli has not been called up by Italy since the 2014 World Cup. Mancini, a gifted forward in his playing days, won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad He began his coaching career with Fiorentina in 2001 and won the Coppa Italia in his first season even though the club was plagued by financial problems. He then moved to Lazio but had his biggest success at Inter Milan where he won three successive Serie A titles. That was followed by a stint at big-spending Manchester City where he won one English Premier League and one FA Cup title in four seasons. Since then, he has coached at Galatasaray, had another less successful spell at Inter and finally a season at Zenit. At one point, he criticised predecessor Antonio Conte for calling up naturalised players such as Brazilian-born Eder and Argentine-born Franco Vazquez.
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup. Mancini, as had been widely predicted, was named as the new national team coach to replace the hapless Gian Piero Ventura, sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The 53-year-old will begin the job - which had previously been turned down by former Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti - in the unlikely setting of a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28. The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team." It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence. Mancini will have to decide whether to recall Mario Balotelli, who he worked with at Man City Credit: Getty images Four-times world champions Italy are at an all time low of 20th in the FIFA rankings after losing to 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a playoff for a place in Russia. They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016. One of Mancini's first decisions will be whether to recall maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who he often clashed with when the pair were at Manchester City. Balotelli has not been called up by Italy since the 2014 World Cup. Mancini, a gifted forward in his playing days, won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad He began his coaching career with Fiorentina in 2001 and won the Coppa Italia in his first season even though the club was plagued by financial problems. He then moved to Lazio but had his biggest success at Inter Milan where he won three successive Serie A titles. That was followed by a stint at big-spending Manchester City where he won one English Premier League and one FA Cup title in four seasons. Since then, he has coached at Galatasaray, had another less successful spell at Inter and finally a season at Zenit. At one point, he criticised predecessor Antonio Conte for calling up naturalised players such as Brazilian-born Eder and Argentine-born Franco Vazquez.
Roberto Mancini handed daunting task of rebuilding Italy after World Cup failure
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup. Mancini, as had been widely predicted, was named as the new national team coach to replace the hapless Gian Piero Ventura, sacked in November after Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The 53-year-old will begin the job - which had previously been turned down by former Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti - in the unlikely setting of a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28. The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team." It did not give any further details other than to say he would be officially presented on Tuesday at the team's training base in Florence. Mancini will have to decide whether to recall Mario Balotelli, who he worked with at Man City Credit: Getty images Four-times world champions Italy are at an all time low of 20th in the FIFA rankings after losing to 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a playoff for a place in Russia. They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they have done better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016. One of Mancini's first decisions will be whether to recall maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who he often clashed with when the pair were at Manchester City. Balotelli has not been called up by Italy since the 2014 World Cup. Mancini, a gifted forward in his playing days, won a surprisingly modest 36 caps for Italy and never played at a World Cup, although he was an unused member of the 1990 squad. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad He began his coaching career with Fiorentina in 2001 and won the Coppa Italia in his first season even though the club was plagued by financial problems. He then moved to Lazio but had his biggest success at Inter Milan where he won three successive Serie A titles. That was followed by a stint at big-spending Manchester City where he won one English Premier League and one FA Cup title in four seasons. Since then, he has coached at Galatasaray, had another less successful spell at Inter and finally a season at Zenit. At one point, he criticised predecessor Antonio Conte for calling up naturalised players such as Brazilian-born Eder and Argentine-born Franco Vazquez.
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Roberto Mancini Handed Daunting Task of Rebuilding Italy
Former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini was given the daunting task of rebuilding Italy's national side on Monday following their astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy's national team six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appointed head coach of Italy national team
Former Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy's national team six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan (AFP Photo/GIUSEPPE CACACE)
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan (AFP Photo/GIUSEPPE CACACE)
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan
Roberto Mancini is the former manager of both Manchester City and Inter Milan
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, top, and Sassuolo's Claud Adjapong go for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Injured Aguero and Biglia in Argentina World Cup squad
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, top, and Sassuolo's Claud Adjapong go for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria in line to be offered Benfica job after leaving Manchester United
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
Rui Faria in line to be offered Benfica job after leaving Manchester United
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant, is expected to be offered his first managerial job with Portuguese giants Benfica should they sack their coach. Rui Vitoria is under extreme pressure at the Lisbon club, having lost the Portuguese league to Porto this season and may be replaced. It was announced at the weekend that Faria is leaving Manchester United and severing his 17-year association with Mourinho, who has tipped the former fitness coach to take a top managerial job. Faria’s departure is a significant blow to Mourinho although he has long talked up the 42-year-old’s prospects of taking charge of a club in recent weeks, aware that he wants to go. The pair have been together throughout Mourinho’s trophy-winning spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United. Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back-to-back league titles and their careers took off. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho has already said he will not directly replace Faria but will re-organise his coaching staff – which will now include Michael Carrick, as he retires as a player – without a recognised number two for the time being. It remains to be seen whether despite Faria’s experience and impressive track record he has the temperament to succeed as a manager, especially when it comes to dealing with the media. Vitoria is in his third season at Benfica and won the Portuguese title in each of the last two, but this year he lost out to Sergio Conceicao’s Porto in the league. Best Man Utd XI of all time Mourinho had a brief three-month spell at Benfica himself before he started working with Faria back in 2000. It is understood that a return to Portugal may appeal to Faria who said in the statement announcing he was leaving United that he wanted to spend more time with his family and assess his options. Faria is not in the running to become the new head coach of Arsenal or, it seems, any other Premier League club despite the expected summer of upheaval in England.
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini and Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi on Argentina's 35-man World Cup shortlist
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
'Icardi isn't in Messi's magic circle' - Barcelona star influencing Argentina selections, says Crespo
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
'Icardi isn't in Messi's magic circle' - Barcelona star influencing Argentina selections, says Crespo
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
'Icardi isn't in Messi's magic circle' - Barcelona star influencing Argentina selections, says Crespo
A former Albiceleste frontman has suggested that a proven striker at Inter is being overlooked by his country due to friendships formed in the squad
Striker Mauro Icardi will discuss his future with Inter at the end of the season, but has not ruled out leaving the club.
We'll talk to the club and see what is best - Icardi unsure over Inter future
Striker Mauro Icardi will discuss his future with Inter at the end of the season, but has not ruled out leaving the club.
The Azzurri look set to appoint the former Manchester City and Inter boss as their new coach after the agreed termination of his contract in Russia
Mancini to leave Zenit ahead of anticipated Italy appointment
The Azzurri look set to appoint the former Manchester City and Inter boss as their new coach after the agreed termination of his contract in Russia
Saturday's power-packed weekend football action was a treat for the fans as the European big guns were in action in their respective league games. In La Liga, Real put six goals past Celta Vigo and looked in a cruise mode. Inter Milan's Champions League dream faded as they lost in the Serie A. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain faced defeats. Here is the round-up.
Football: Real win big, Bayern and Inter Milan lose
Saturday's power-packed weekend football action was a treat for the fans as the European big guns were in action in their respective league games. In La Liga, Real put six goals past Celta Vigo and looked in a cruise mode. Inter Milan's Champions League dream faded as they lost in the Serie A. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain faced defeats. Here is the round-up.
Inter's defeat means third-placed Roma — coached by former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco — are sure to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League after losing in the semi-finals to Liverpool this month.
Serie A: Roma guaranteed Champions League action next season after Inter Milan lose; Benevento stun Genoa
Inter's defeat means third-placed Roma — coached by former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco — are sure to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League after losing in the semi-finals to Liverpool this month.
The Serie A side, one of the Champions League success stories of 2017-18, will be back in Europe's top competition next term
Roma gifted Champions League qualification after Inter loss
The Serie A side, one of the Champions League success stories of 2017-18, will be back in Europe's top competition next term
Luciano Spalletti refused to apportion blame onto any specific player after Inter's 2-1 loss to Sassuolo wounded their top-four ambitions.
Inter boss Spalletti refusing to play blame game in damaging loss
Luciano Spalletti refused to apportion blame onto any specific player after Inter's 2-1 loss to Sassuolo wounded their top-four ambitions.
Roma, one of the Champions League success stories of 2017-18, will be back in Europe's top competition next term.
Roma gifted Champions League qualification by Inter loss
Roma, one of the Champions League success stories of 2017-18, will be back in Europe's top competition next term.
Inter Milan will need a final round win and Lazio to falter to grab fourth spot in Serie A
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Inter Milan will need a final round win and Lazio to falter to grab fourth spot in Serie A
Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, left, and coach Luciano Spalletti leave the pitch at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Sassuolo won 2-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter loses in Serie A and looks set to miss Champs League
Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, left, and coach Luciano Spalletti leave the pitch at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Sassuolo won 2-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi reacts after scoring a goal that was disallowed, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter loses in Serie A and looks set to miss Champs League
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi reacts after scoring a goal that was disallowed, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter Milan players leave the pitch at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Sassuolo won 2-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter loses in Serie A and looks set to miss Champs League
Inter Milan players leave the pitch at the end of the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Sassuolo won 2-1. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Eder (R) in action against Sassuolo's Timo Letschert (L) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Eder (R) in action against Sassuolo's Timo Letschert (L) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Eder (R) in action against Sassuolo's Timo Letschert (L) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players (L-R) Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi, and Milan Skriniar show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players (L-R) Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi, and Milan Skriniar show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players (L-R) Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi, and Milan Skriniar show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic shows his dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic shows his dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic shows his dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan (AFP Photo/MIGUEL MEDINA)
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan (AFP Photo/MIGUEL MEDINA)
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan
On target: Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi celebrates after scoring against Inter Milan
Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE
Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE
Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players show their dejection after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (C) in action against Sassuolo players Francesco Acerbi (L) and Francesco Magnanelli (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (C) in action against Sassuolo players Francesco Acerbi (L) and Francesco Magnanelli (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (C) in action against Sassuolo players Francesco Acerbi (L) and Francesco Magnanelli (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (bottom) in action against Sassuolo's Mauricio Lemos (up) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (bottom) in action against Sassuolo's Mauricio Lemos (up) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi (bottom) in action against Sassuolo's Mauricio Lemos (up) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Inter must now rely on others to seal a top-four berth in Serie A after a limp defeat against Sassuolo at San Siro.
Inter 1 Sassuolo 2: Nerazzurri's Champions League aspirations dealt serious blow
Inter must now rely on others to seal a top-four berth in Serie A after a limp defeat against Sassuolo at San Siro.
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players Mauro Icardi (2-L) and Ivan Perisic (R) in action against Sassuolo players Mauricio Lemos (L) and Claud Adjapong (2-R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players Mauro Icardi (2-L) and Ivan Perisic (R) in action against Sassuolo players Mauricio Lemos (L) and Claud Adjapong (2-R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter players Mauro Icardi (2-L) and Ivan Perisic (R) in action against Sassuolo players Mauricio Lemos (L) and Claud Adjapong (2-R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's head coach Luciano Spalletti gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/ANDREAS SOLARO)
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017
Fiorentina's defender from Italy Davide Astori celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Inter Milan April 22, 2017 (AFP Photo/ANDREAS SOLARO)
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo (L) in action against Sassuolo's Rogerio (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo (L) in action against Sassuolo's Rogerio (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Joao Cancelo (L) in action against Sassuolo's Rogerio (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Francesco Acerbi (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Mauro Icardi reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Cristian Dell'Orco (C) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Cristian Dell'Orco (C) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Matias Vecino (L) in action against Sassuolo's Cristian Dell'Orco (C) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's Matteo Politano celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's head coach Giuseppe Iachini reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's head coach Giuseppe Iachini reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Sassuolo's head coach Giuseppe Iachini reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Milan (Italy), 12/05/2018.- Inter's Ivan Perisic in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 12 May 2018. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long standing assistant, has decided to leave Manchester United at the end of the season. Faria will end his 17-year association with Mourinho next month in order to spend more time with his family. The Portuguese has been omnipresent alongside Mourinho throughout his successes as a coach and his departure represents a blow for the United manager. The demands on Faria’s time have persuaded the 42-year-old - who was loosely linked with the vacant Arsenal manager’s job - that it is the right moment to take a break. It remains to be seen if Mourinho opts to bring in a new coach to replace Faria. Michael Carrick, the United midfielder, is due to join Mourinho’s coaching staff when he retires after tomorrow's final league game at home to Watford. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back to back league titles. He was Mourinho’s trusted assistant for two spells at Chelsea as well as at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now United and has been a key lieutenant and sounding board for his compatriot. “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on,” Faria said. “I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. “My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship. Best Man Utd XI of all time “I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional. “I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.” Mourinho - who has issued numerous glowing appraisals of Faria down the years - paid tribute to his assistant’s commitment and dedication. He said: “Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness. “Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager. “I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”
Jose Mourinho's long-time right-hand man Rui Faria to leave Man Utd and 'pursue new challenges'
Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long standing assistant, has decided to leave Manchester United at the end of the season. Faria will end his 17-year association with Mourinho next month in order to spend more time with his family. The Portuguese has been omnipresent alongside Mourinho throughout his successes as a coach and his departure represents a blow for the United manager. The demands on Faria’s time have persuaded the 42-year-old - who was loosely linked with the vacant Arsenal manager’s job - that it is the right moment to take a break. It remains to be seen if Mourinho opts to bring in a new coach to replace Faria. Michael Carrick, the United midfielder, is due to join Mourinho’s coaching staff when he retires after tomorrow's final league game at home to Watford. Mourinho believes Faria will go on to become a successful manager Credit: Getty Images Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. Faria followed Mourinho to Porto, where they won the Uefa Cup and Champions League as well as back to back league titles. He was Mourinho’s trusted assistant for two spells at Chelsea as well as at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now United and has been a key lieutenant and sounding board for his compatriot. “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on,” Faria said. “I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. “My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship. Best Man Utd XI of all time “I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional. “I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.” Mourinho - who has issued numerous glowing appraisals of Faria down the years - paid tribute to his assistant’s commitment and dedication. He said: “Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness. “Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager. “I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”
Having endured disappointment at Inter and Benfica, Gabriel Barbosa notched the first hat-trick of his career for Santos on Thursday.
Inter flop Gabigol scores first career hat-trick for Santos
Having endured disappointment at Inter and Benfica, Gabriel Barbosa notched the first hat-trick of his career for Santos on Thursday.
The Eleven-Is-To-One's technical director says the youngster is attracting top offers in light of his fine form in the domestic league
Ghanaian top clubs after Inter Allies sensation Adebayor
The Eleven-Is-To-One's technical director says the youngster is attracting top offers in light of his fine form in the domestic league
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
5 things... Inter and Sassuolo have never drawn
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
5 things... Inter and Sassuolo have never drawn
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
5 things... Inter and Sassuolo have never drawn
Don't expect a stalemate between Inter and Sassuolo. The two sides have never drawn in Serie A, Sassuolo winning five and Inter four of their nine meetings
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi wants his former Inter team-mate Mario Balotelli to be recalled by Italy.
Balotelli deserves Italy recall - Materazzi
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi wants his former Inter team-mate Mario Balotelli to be recalled by Italy.
Miranda has handed Inter a boost after scans suggested the thigh injury he suffered in the warm-up at Udinese is not serious.
Miranda thigh injury not serious
Miranda has handed Inter a boost after scans suggested the thigh injury he suffered in the warm-up at Udinese is not serious.
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
England U17s continue winning start to European Championship with victory over Italy
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
England U17s continue winning start to European Championship with victory over Italy
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
England U17s continue winning start to European Championship with victory over Italy
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
England U17s continue winning start to European Championship with victory over Italy
Gareth Southgate watched on as England came from behind to ­deservedly beat Italy Under-17s 2-1 in the European Under-17 Championship. Steve Cooper’s side scored twice in nine second-half minutes to continue their winning start to top Group A after Alessio Riccardi put the Italians ahead at Walsall. England will qualify for the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat against Switzerland on Thursday at Rotherham United. The wide men were the source of England’s main threat, with Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi threatening on three occasions and Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest equalising, while Rayhaan Tulloch, the substitute and from West Brom, won the penalty for the winner. Last year, the England Under-17s group won the World Cup and their successors in the age group showed they have similar tenacity. Arvin Appiah levels things up just after an hour for England Credit: Getty Images Doyle converts to seal the win Credit: Getty Images Italy took the lead in the 13th minute when Riccardi, the attacking midfielder from Roma, buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. England spurned chances through Matthew Daly, the Huddersfield Town striker, Amaechi and Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Steven Gerrard. They equalised in the 63rd minute when Appiah lashed home from just inside the box and Tommy Doyle, the midfielder from Manchester City who is the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, sealed it from the spot after Tulloch was tripped by right-back Alberto Barazzetta. Senior manager Southgate must have been impressed by the dominant wide players and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper was delighted with their impact. England are on the cusp of the quarter-finals Credit: Getty Images “Arvin came inside and scored and Rayhaan won the penalty – that’s what you want from your attacking players,” said Cooper. Italy coach Carmine Nunziata claimed Arsenal midfielder Vontae Daley-Campbell should have been sent off after his tackle on Jean Freddi Pascal Greco led to him being substituted after 25 minutes. The midfielder went to hospital for an x-ray on his leg. But Cooper said: “That would have been harsh.” Tulloch is suspended for the Switzerland game after picking up two bookings. England (4-2-3-1) L Ashby-Hammond (Fulham); V Daley-Campbell (Arsenal), E Laird (Manchester Utd), N Ogbeta (Manchester City), B Saka (Arsenal); T Doyle (Manchester City), J Garner (Manchester Utd); X Amaechi (Arsenal), M Daly (Huddersfield), A Appiah (Nottingham Forest); T John-Jules (Arsenal). Subs D Crowe (Ipswich) for Daley-Campbell 40; 40 mins), B Duncan (Unnattached) for John-Jules 50. R Tulloch (West Brom) for Daly 55). Not used M Dewhurst (gk, Sheffield United), A-J Alese (West Ham United), E Dixon-Bonner, T Coyle (Arsenal), F Balogun (Arsenal). Italy (4-3-3) A Russo (Fiorentina); A Barazzetta (AC Milan), N Armini (Lazio), P Gozzi Iweru (Juventus), G Brogni (Atalanta); G Leone (Juventus), M E Gyabuaa (Atalanta), J F Pascal Greco (Roma); N Fagioli (Juventus), A Riccardi (Roma), E Vergani (Inter Milan). Substitutes N Rovella (Genoa) for Pascal Greco 25, L Colombo (AC Milan) for Fagioli 73, A Cortinovis (Atalanta( for Riccardi 76). Not used L Gelmi (gk) (Atalanta), A Mattioli (Sassuolo), F Ponsi (Fiorentina), S Vaghi (Inter Milan), F Semeraro (Roma). Referee: V Thorarinsson (Iceland).
Inter's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli draws against Torino to all but hand Juventus title
Inter's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
Inter's Andrea Ranocchia scores his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli draws against Torino to all but hand Juventus title
Inter's Andrea Ranocchia scores his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
Inter's Mauro Icardi scores his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
Napoli draws against Torino to all but hand Juventus title
Inter's Mauro Icardi scores his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Inter Milan at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday May 6, 2018. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)
It was Gordon Strachan who once cut through all the noise and furious debate that permanently surrounds football with just about the best measure of a football career. “It’s about the special memories you gave to your club’s fans,” he said. “When you look back, that’s what really counts.” And from the double double, a team of Invincibles and a Champions League final to an all-time record FA Cup haul, a scintillating style of football and a sparkling new stadium, even the most expectant Arsenal fan could hardly complain about the sum total of the last 22 years. All the discord and disappointments of recent seasons are of the course the backdrop against which Arsene Wenger now feels compelled to leave but, for the first afternoon in a very long time, Arsenal supporters were unified in acknowledging how the good had so emphatically outweighed the bad. Bob Wilson, who was on the coaching staff when Wenger arrived in England to the headline’ Arsene Who?’ in 1996, encapsulated that sentiment perfectly at the end of his friend’s historic 606th and final home match as manager. “It very quickly became clear to me and everyone connected with the club that this man knew exactly who he was,” said Wilson. “Arsene Wenger was a visionary and an inspiration - he built the Arsenal we know and love today. He is the greatest manger we have ever had. A special man.” Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans as his name is sung around the Emirates Credit: PA Winning 5-0 certainly helped, but rarely since The Emirates opened in 2006 has the mood ever felt happier. From the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in to convert Alexandre Lacazette’s cross after 14 minutes, there was also little doubt that Wenger would sign off with one last swashbuckling performance. Arsenal doubled their lead shortly before half-time when Lacazette himself finished Hector Bellerin’s overlapping cross. Jack Wilshere then teed up Saed Kolasinac for a thunderbolt finish before Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang completed the rout. There was a wider importance for Wenger’s successor, with victory here ensuring that Arsenal will finish sixth and not face the nightmare scenario of Europa League qualification in July. That the final sporting significance of Wenger’s last home match came down to finishing above Burnley certainly underlined the decline but, for a few hours at least, it also felt like a peripheral point. After the apathy and empty seats, tickets for this match had been shifting for as much as £2,000 over the past week. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures Many of Wenger’s finest ever players were present, as was majority owner Stan Kroenke, and everywhere you looked were the red ‘Merci Arsene’ T-shirts that the club had commissioned for the day. Wenger was unsure about being the focus for too much fuss but seemed genuinely touched by the show of respect. He received a pre-match guard of honour from both sets of players and, for perhaps the first time, he smiled and responded to frequent fan requests during the game to "give us a wave". Burnley manager Sean Dyche said that it had been a day to acknowledge the "legend that is Arsene Wenger" and noted that the Arsenal players "had turned up". After post-match presentations to retiring captain Per Mertesacker, kitman Vic Akers and women’s captain Alex Scott, a crescendo was then reached when Wenger was awarded a gold Premier League trophy by his former assistant Pat Rice for the still unique feat of going an entire season undefeated. He lingered to accept the acclaim for one last time, even stopping to enter the crowd and give up his tie to a young fan who was holding one of many signs and banners. Amid the deserved fanfare, it would still be remiss not to acknowledge that the early confirmation of Wenger’s departure had, until yesterday, only partially galvanised fans. The West Ham United match, which was 48 hours after the announcement, felt awkward and chants for Wenger here were really only vociferous throughout the post-match presentation. During the game, it was the introduction of Mertesacker that provoked probably the loudest cheer. Burnley fans also noisily pointed out that many Arsenal supporters had wanted Wenger gone. Many will blame Wenger for that and argue that he brought it on himself by overstaying his welcome. Others will look at the angry pockets of fan culture across the country and regretfully contrast this with eras past, such as when Brian Clough could relegate a club and still not hear a dissenting voice from the stands. Pat Rice presents Arsene Wenger with a golden Premier League trophy to mark the Invincibles season Credit: Reuters What next for Wenger will now be as fascinating as who next for Arsenal. In his tribute in the matchday programme, director Ken Friar recalled a recent conversation: “When I asked him to take a holiday, he said, ‘I had one in 1983’.” Wenger has said that he hopes one day to join the Arsenal season-ticket holders himself but you very clearly sense that, at 67, he does not feel finished with football management. For now, it is still hard for everyone connected with Arsenal to comprehend that his distinctive tall, grey silhouette will never again be seen in the home Emirates dugout. For every fan beneath the age of about 30, he is quite literally all they can ever remember. His most concrete legacy will of course be the Emirates stage he has now left but the more important is more intangible. It is those memories. And, including this last bow in front of the Arsenal fans, Wenger delivered a richer quality and quantity of these than any of his predecessors. 6:44PM Wenger calls on fan support Arsene Wenger signed off the words "I will miss you." Credit: Arsene Wenger "This team has a special quality. Please support them next season because they deserve it. "I would like to finish by saying one simple thing: I will miss you. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life and I hope to see you soon. Well done, bye bye." 6:42PM Wenger pays tribute to Fergie "I would like to wish my fellow manager Alex Ferguson well and hope he gets well quickly. "Thank you for having me for such a long time - I know it's not easy. "Above all I am like you, an Arsenal fan. It's a way of life, it's caring about the beautiful game and the values we cherish." Oh no! The microphone cut out just as he was reaching the climax of his speech! A replacement is being rushed on. 6:40PM "The greatest manager our club has ever had" Bob Wilson asks Pat Rice to present Arsene Wenger with a small, gold Premier League trophy to mark Arsenal's undefeated season in 2003/04. "Pat said I would drop it if I held it," jokes Bob. Arsene Wenger marches through the guard of honour to receive the golden trophy before, somewhat tragically lifting it aloft. Wenger 6:37PM Per given a guard of honour It's @mertesacker's turn next - and he's received a very special guard of honour WATCH LIVE �� https://t.co/4KJlfLdIj1#DankePerpic.twitter.com/9eb2mWqwKK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 6:35PM Danke Per Per Mertesacker, who is retiring in order to take over as the club's academy director, waves to the crowd after being presented with memento to mark his service to the club. Arsene Wenger is due out next. Arsenal club legend Bob Wilson is providing an eloquent intro to the great man, to cheers and applause from the Emirates crowd. Per waves goodbye Credit: Per Mertesacker 6:22PM Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Burnley Arsenal put five past Burnley in Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge Credit: Telegraph Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager is one for him to remember. Arsenal have been absolutely irresistible today and Burnley have found them impossible to live with. 6:19PM 88 mins Ohhh! Danny Welbeck almost makes it six as he clatters his shot against the off the underside of the bar from 30 yards out! What a goal that would've been. Arsenal are well and truly purring now. 6:17PM 86 mins "Sign the 'ting." Wenger congratulates Jack Wilshere on an impressive performance Credit: Getty Images 6:15PM 85 mins Most PL games in which a team has scored 5+ goals since October 1996: 41 Arsenal 37 Man Utd 35 Chelsea 31 Liverpool, Man City pic.twitter.com/QzSxndLjiL— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 6:13PM 81 mins Arsenal's record signing has taken no time at all to settle in the Premier League.. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has directly contributed to 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (8 goals, 4 assists). [@OptaJoe] pic.twitter.com/KDJL3VeIAG— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) May 6, 2018 6:12PM 79 mins Per Mertesacker given wild cheers for every completed pass he makes. Real testimonial vibe to this game now which will surely infuriate Sean Dyche. It's really quite strange that Burnley have been so meek and passive this afternoon. Aubameyang and Bellerin twice linked up for goals Credit: Aubameyang and Bellerin Nick Pope has now conceded four or more goals in a league for the first time in his career. 6:08PM 76 mins The Emirates rises as one to welcome Per Mertesacker onto the pitch for his final Arsenal appearance. The German shares a warm embrace with the departing Calum Chambers before being handed the captain's armband by Petr Cech. Per Mertesacker came on for his final Arsenal appearance Credit: Getty Images 6:05PM 73 mins GOAL! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets his second to make it five! This really is some Emirates send off for Arsene Wenger. Aaron Ramsey spreads the ball out to Hector Bellerin whose first-time cross is neatly turned home by the former Borussia Dortmund man. No team has scored five goals against Burnley all season... what chance Arsene performs a u-turn on his decision to leave... 6:03PM 70 mins Arsene Wenger shares a joke with Aaron Ramsey Credit: PA Flurry of substitutions for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck replace Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette. Wilshere is given a standing ovation after thoroughly accomplished midfield performance that surely seals his place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. 6:00PM 67 mins Arsenal players congratulate Jack Wilshere for his part in Kolasinac's goal Credit: Getty Images Jack Wilshere has done his chances of being offered an improved deal no harm at all this afternoon with what has, so far, been masterful midfield performance. Granted, Burnley have afforded him far too much space but he's had the ball on a string all game. 5:55PM 64 mins GOAL! Arsenal running riot now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again surges down the left wing before cutting inside and laying off Alex Iwobi who rifles the ball into the roof of the net to make it Arsenal 4-0 Burnley. 5:54PM 62 mins Nice touch from the travelling Burnley supporters who offer their own rendition of "Only one Arsene Wenger!" The Frenchman responds with a wave. 5:52PM 59 mins Burnley uncharacteristically loose this afternoon. They've certainly missed the leadership of Ben Mee, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a shin issue. Burnley have only conceded three or more goals on three occasions this season (Man City 3-0 away, 4-1 away (FA Cup) & Tottenham 0-3 at home).— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 6, 2018 5:48PM 56 mins Arsene Wenger enjoyed that Kolasinac strike... Arsene Wenger reacts to Sead Kolasinac's powerful drive Credit: Arsenal 5:45PM 51 mins GOAL! What a terrific strike! Jack Wilshere the architect for Arsenal. Wilshere shimmies past Jack Cork, surges directly at Burnley's back four before finding Sead Kolasinac whose powerful strike is too hot for Nick Pope. Arsenal almost immediately make it four as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's curling left-footed strike just sneaks past Pope's far post. 5:42PM 49 mins Burnley showing encouraging signs of life early in the second half. Matt Lowton twice gets to the byline but his crosses fail to beat the first man. Mkhitaryan breaks away up the other end for Arsenal but the Armenian picks the wrong pass, over-looking Aubameyang's smart run down the left in favour of an ambitious ball to Iwobi. 5:38PM 46 mins After a short delay while the whole stadium waited for referee Andre Marriner to emerge onto the pitch, Burnley get us under way at the Emirates. No changes for either side at the break. Early reports suggest Ashley Barnes suffered a dislocated shoulder in the collision with Granit Xhaka. Jack Wilshere spurs an early second-half chance Credit: Getty Images Early chance for Arsenal as Aubameyang uses his pace to get the byline and pull the ball back for Jack Wilshere, whose side-footed shot safely sails over Nick Pope's crossbar. 5:34PM Alexandre Lacazette likes his home comforts Alexandre Lacazette goal scoring record for Arsenal: 14 goals in 19 home apps 3 goals in 18 away apps pic.twitter.com/J15hl9USF9— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 5:23PM Half-time Arsene Wenger's final home game very much going to plan with Burnley offering very little resistance at the Emirates. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have put Arsenal in full control. 5:19PM 45 mins GOAL! Arsenal grab a second goal on the stroke of half-time as Alexandre Lacazette tucks the ball home from Hector Bellerin's chipped cut-back. It's been a disappointing first 45 minutes for Burnley who have barely managed to string two passes together in Arsenal's half. 5:16PM 43 mins More sharp interplay involving Alexandre Lacazette, this time with Mkhitaryan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan bounces the ball off Lacazette before unleashing a stinging low drive that Nick Pope does well to parry to his left. James Tarkowski is shown a yellow card after up-ending Lacazette after the ball had been laid-off. 5:13PM 40 mins Per Mertesacker warms up Credit: Per Mertesacker Per Mertesacker is afforded a round of applause as he heads down the touchline for a leisurely warm up. This is the German's final home game as a player before taking up a role as Arsenal's academy director. 5:11PM 37 mins Sloppy from Tarkowski. The centre-back takes way too many touches inside his own box allowing Alexandre Lacazette to nip in and rob him of the ball. Fortunately for the former Brentford man Matt Lowton is hand to cover round and scramble the ball clear. Some concern from the home crowd as Mavropanos stays down after a clash with heads with Chris Wood. The Greek stallion is certainly putting himself about. 5:09PM 35 mins Mavropanos earns a huge round of applause from the home crowd for barging Sam Vokes in the back as the pair competed for a header. Arsenal move the ball quickly up the other end, freeing Bellerin whose low cross is cleared behind for a corner. Mkhitaryan's corner is pulled back for Jack Wilshere on the edge of the corner, but his shot is blocked by Jack Cork. Arsenal piling on relentless pressure, here. 5:06PM 33 mins Jack Wilshere looking really comfortable in a slightly deeper role this afternoon. He's already linked well with Xhaka and Iwobi on several occasions with most Arsenal moves involving the England midfielder. The 26-year-old is yet to sign on a new Arsenal deal but a new offer is on the table, according to reports. 5:03PM 29 mins Will Arsene Wenger's last Arsenal signing prove to be one of his finest? That's seven Premier League goals now for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in just 10 appearances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates Arsenal's opening goal Credit: AP 5:00PM 26 mins Arsenal enjoying plenty of joy down Burnley's right-hand side. Wilshere finds Kolasinac is acres of space but the big Bosnian trips over his own feet and concedes possession allowing Burnley to clear their lines. 4:57PM 23 mins Arsene Wenger obliges as cries of "give us a wave" are directed at the Arsenal dugout. Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans Credit: AP 4:55PM 21 mins Ashley Barnes is unable continue after a lengthy period of treatment. It looks as though the striker may have popped his shoulder his out, which is a huge blow for Sean Dyche who is now without his top goalscorer. Ashley Barnes trudges off Credit: Ashley Barnes Sam Vokes replaces Barnes who is given a nice round of applause by a sympathetic Emirates crowd. 4:51PM 18 mins Xhaka and Barnes collide in mid-air Credit: Xhaka and Barnes Granit Xhaka and Ashley Barnes both collapse in a heap after a mid-air collision that neither player was particularly prepared for. Xhaka is back on his feet and clutching his ribs. Barnes is still to recover and continues to receive treatment from the Burnley medical team. 4:49PM 17 mins Another view of Arsene Wenger's guard of honour. Wenger's guard of honour #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/nHKJgxvJgx— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 6, 2018 4:46PM 13 mins GOAL! Arsenal take the lead after some slick interplay between their front two. Aubameyang turns the ball home from close range after a good cross from Lacazette. A gleeful Wenger is on his feet and applauding. "1-0 to the Arsenal," they sing. 4:44PM 9 mins Xhaka finds Kolasinac on the left-hand side with a lovely cross-field pass. The former Schalke full-back beats Lowton with ease before driving a low cross into Burnley's penalty area which is easily dealt with by Tarkowski again. Mavropanos's early overtures have been well dealt with by Burnley's backline Credit: Mavropanos Arsenal, unsurprisingly, enjoying the lion's share of possession so far. 4:40PM 7 mins Alex Iwobi registers the first shot on target of the game but it's a tame, bobbling effort that Nick Pope gathers with ease. Incidentally, Mavropanos, who starts his second Premier League for Arsenal today, is the 200th and last player to be given their debut by Arsene Wenger. 4:37PM 4 mins Arsene Wenger waves goodbye Credit: Arsene Wenger With this man on his way thoughts will quickly turn to his Arsenal replacement. The home crowd are making their feelings known with chants of Patrick Vieira. Some nice inter-play between Mkhitaryan and Wilshere on the edge of Burnley's penalty area nearly frees Alexandre Lacazette but James Tarkowski is on hand to snuff-out the danger. 4:34PM 2 mins The game eases into a predictable pattern with Arsenal dominating possession while Burnley set up with two very compact banks of four. There's an early scare for the home crowd as Petr Cech is forced to amble from his goal and head a through-ball clear just outside his area. 4:32PM 1 mins We're under way at the Emirates. A win for Burnley here this afternoon would take them level on points with Arsenal in sixth place. Can Arsenal send Arsene Wenger out in style? Credit: Tele 4:29PM Guard of honour "There's only one Arsene Wenger!" rings around the Emirates as the Frenchman emerges onto the pitch through a guard of honour. He offers a slightly self conscious double-handed wave before retreating to the safety of the dugout. Arsene Wenger is given a gaurd of honour by Arsenal and Burnley players Credit: Arsene Wenger 4:21PM Messages of thanks The boys have left their messages for the boss on special shirts ✍️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/hDrT5BnQFP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:16PM Danke Per It's not all about Arsene today, you know. It's goodbye to club captain Per Mertesacker, who will be retiring as a player and making the move upstairs as Arsenal's academy director. Today is the final home match of @Mertesacker’s playing career For the three FA Cups, for the header in the NLD, for The Mertesacker Final, for your constant professionalism, for your community work, for loving this club and for being our BFG, we want to say…#DankePer ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zJnrpP7ogq— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:04PM More on Mesut According to Wenger he misses out today with a recurrence of a 'slight back injury'. Unfortunately Martin Keown's post-match rant on Ozil's anonymous performance against Atletico Madrid in midweek has proved prescient. Mesut Ozil, who missed today's game through injury, shakes hands with Per Mertesacker Credit: Arsenal "I bet he doesn't play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend," said Keown on BT Sport. "He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season." 3:58PM This is nice... Arsenal have tweeted a graphic showing what Arsene Wenger's first ever home team looked like some 22 years ago... Adams, Keown, Vieira, Merson and Wright all in there. Here’s how we lined up for for Arsène Wenger’s first home game… #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/O3dOxfXjh0— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Wenger has spoken to Arsenal's official website on the challenges he faced when he first arrived in England, all the way back in 1996. “When I came here, you had no history of foreign managers being successful in England. It's very difficult to put that into context again but I must say, what was always the charm of Arsenal for me was the challenge, because it was for me to adapt to the local culture," said Wenger. Arsene Wenger arrived at Highbury in 1996, replacing Bruce Rioch as manager Credit: Arsene Wenger “Also Arsenal has always been a club who manages to combine the tradition and moving forward. My challenge was to move the club forward and also respect the tradition. When I arrived Liverpool and Man United were the best teams, they had great players. And that was the challenge to stand up to." 3:47PM Wenger: Arsenal can be title challengers next season Arsene Wenger believes whoever succeeds him has the makings of a great team Credit: Getty Images "It's a big job," he told Sky Sports. "The club has gone through the most difficult period in the last 10 years, building the stadium. "I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again. "What I could not predict is that clubs would move up another level financially that makes it more difficult now. "But I still think Arsenal will come back and compete for the championship." 3:41PM Arsenal team news …and here’s how we line up for his final home game ��#AFCvBFCpic.twitter.com/UBp12N7dzX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Days after former Arsenal defender accused Mesut Ozil of 'not being fit to wear the shirt', the German has been left out of today's squad entirely. Petr Cech returns in goal after David Ospina took the gloves for the trip to Madrid in midweek while Aaron Ramsey drops to the bench. 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos, who made his debut in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, returns at the back to partner Calum Chambers in defence. 3:34PM Burnley team news TEAM NEWS: Here's your Burnley team to face @Arsenal today. pic.twitter.com/ejDrQtN9As— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 6, 2018 Sean Dyche names a familiar-looking XI. Striker Chris Wood misses out after picking up a foot injury in midweek. 3:33PM Wenger's final message to Arsenal fans Arsene Wenger has delivered a poignant farewell message to home fans in his last programme notes. Arsene Wenger has written in Arsenal's matchday programme for the final time Credit: PA Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness. It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club - that I cherish so much - for such a long time.” “I tried to commit completely, for so many years, to make people happy and I wish just that people who love this club will be happy in the future and get what they really want and love. “I’ve met people for whom I am the only Arsenal manager they have known, so now this is a good opportunity for the club to have new people and new ideas to continue to move the club forward, which is what I’ve tried to do my whole life. “I’m proud that over the decades we could maintain an identification of players to the club. The players have a special attachment. Part of life as a player is to experience a special place, and that’s Arsenal. “I’m not involved in who my successor will be, that’s not my job, but what I would say to him is that he should follow what he thinks is right for the club. I’ve been guided by that my whole life here. “You have to think and act for the club like you own it. That’s the advice I’d give to him, you have to prepare to have that strength to fight every day to do the best possible for Arsenal. “My final message is to the fans. Thank you very much for all your support down the years. Continue to stand behind and support the club that is so special to all of us. No matter what happens in the future, keep faith in what the club is going. “Like you, I will continue to support Arsenal for the rest of my life. 3:17PM 'Merci Arsene' Hello there! Welcome to coverage of Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager in what is set to be an emotional day at the Emirates. Wenger's 22-year stay as Arsenal manager comes to an end this season and the club have pulled out all the stops to give the Frenchman a fitting farewell. Arsenal play host to Burnley and both teams will give Wenger a guard of honour to mark the 68-year-old's achievements in English football. Wenger's 2003/04 Invincibles squad remains the only team in Premier League history to have gone the whole season without losing a game. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal 'love story' will not end in European silverware Credit: PA “Arsene is a legend of the game and deserves every moment of his last home game to go in his favour, other than when the whistle blows," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “I’ve made it clear to the players that although there will be a lot going on, when the game starts all that has to go out of the window and we have to be ready for the challenge, because make no mistake they will be firing. “It’s human nature to be fired up for your last home game, but when you factor in a legendary manager you can expect them to have that little extra edge, so we have to be ready for that. Arsenal fans have flocked to the Emirates to honour their departing manager Credit: Getty Images “We hope he really enjoys the day, but not the game and that’s just our job." As reported by Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson, fans inside the stadium have all been provided with red and white T-shirts with the words 'Merci Arsene' on them. Players who have appeared 100 or more times for Arsenal under Wenger have been invited and will be invited on the pitch and there will be the usual post-match lap of appreciation by players and club staff to end the final home match of the season. Fans have also been invited to write their appreciation message to Wenger in a book that will then be presented to the Frenchman. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker will also be waving goodbye to fans as he begins his role as the club's new academy director.
Arsenal run riot against Burnley to give Arsene Wenger perfect Emirates send off
It was Gordon Strachan who once cut through all the noise and furious debate that permanently surrounds football with just about the best measure of a football career. “It’s about the special memories you gave to your club’s fans,” he said. “When you look back, that’s what really counts.” And from the double double, a team of Invincibles and a Champions League final to an all-time record FA Cup haul, a scintillating style of football and a sparkling new stadium, even the most expectant Arsenal fan could hardly complain about the sum total of the last 22 years. All the discord and disappointments of recent seasons are of the course the backdrop against which Arsene Wenger now feels compelled to leave but, for the first afternoon in a very long time, Arsenal supporters were unified in acknowledging how the good had so emphatically outweighed the bad. Bob Wilson, who was on the coaching staff when Wenger arrived in England to the headline’ Arsene Who?’ in 1996, encapsulated that sentiment perfectly at the end of his friend’s historic 606th and final home match as manager. “It very quickly became clear to me and everyone connected with the club that this man knew exactly who he was,” said Wilson. “Arsene Wenger was a visionary and an inspiration - he built the Arsenal we know and love today. He is the greatest manger we have ever had. A special man.” Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans as his name is sung around the Emirates Credit: PA Winning 5-0 certainly helped, but rarely since The Emirates opened in 2006 has the mood ever felt happier. From the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in to convert Alexandre Lacazette’s cross after 14 minutes, there was also little doubt that Wenger would sign off with one last swashbuckling performance. Arsenal doubled their lead shortly before half-time when Lacazette himself finished Hector Bellerin’s overlapping cross. Jack Wilshere then teed up Saed Kolasinac for a thunderbolt finish before Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang completed the rout. There was a wider importance for Wenger’s successor, with victory here ensuring that Arsenal will finish sixth and not face the nightmare scenario of Europa League qualification in July. That the final sporting significance of Wenger’s last home match came down to finishing above Burnley certainly underlined the decline but, for a few hours at least, it also felt like a peripheral point. After the apathy and empty seats, tickets for this match had been shifting for as much as £2,000 over the past week. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures Many of Wenger’s finest ever players were present, as was majority owner Stan Kroenke, and everywhere you looked were the red ‘Merci Arsene’ T-shirts that the club had commissioned for the day. Wenger was unsure about being the focus for too much fuss but seemed genuinely touched by the show of respect. He received a pre-match guard of honour from both sets of players and, for perhaps the first time, he smiled and responded to frequent fan requests during the game to "give us a wave". Burnley manager Sean Dyche said that it had been a day to acknowledge the "legend that is Arsene Wenger" and noted that the Arsenal players "had turned up". After post-match presentations to retiring captain Per Mertesacker, kitman Vic Akers and women’s captain Alex Scott, a crescendo was then reached when Wenger was awarded a gold Premier League trophy by his former assistant Pat Rice for the still unique feat of going an entire season undefeated. He lingered to accept the acclaim for one last time, even stopping to enter the crowd and give up his tie to a young fan who was holding one of many signs and banners. Amid the deserved fanfare, it would still be remiss not to acknowledge that the early confirmation of Wenger’s departure had, until yesterday, only partially galvanised fans. The West Ham United match, which was 48 hours after the announcement, felt awkward and chants for Wenger here were really only vociferous throughout the post-match presentation. During the game, it was the introduction of Mertesacker that provoked probably the loudest cheer. Burnley fans also noisily pointed out that many Arsenal supporters had wanted Wenger gone. Many will blame Wenger for that and argue that he brought it on himself by overstaying his welcome. Others will look at the angry pockets of fan culture across the country and regretfully contrast this with eras past, such as when Brian Clough could relegate a club and still not hear a dissenting voice from the stands. Pat Rice presents Arsene Wenger with a golden Premier League trophy to mark the Invincibles season Credit: Reuters What next for Wenger will now be as fascinating as who next for Arsenal. In his tribute in the matchday programme, director Ken Friar recalled a recent conversation: “When I asked him to take a holiday, he said, ‘I had one in 1983’.” Wenger has said that he hopes one day to join the Arsenal season-ticket holders himself but you very clearly sense that, at 67, he does not feel finished with football management. For now, it is still hard for everyone connected with Arsenal to comprehend that his distinctive tall, grey silhouette will never again be seen in the home Emirates dugout. For every fan beneath the age of about 30, he is quite literally all they can ever remember. His most concrete legacy will of course be the Emirates stage he has now left but the more important is more intangible. It is those memories. And, including this last bow in front of the Arsenal fans, Wenger delivered a richer quality and quantity of these than any of his predecessors. 6:44PM Wenger calls on fan support Arsene Wenger signed off the words "I will miss you." Credit: Arsene Wenger "This team has a special quality. Please support them next season because they deserve it. "I would like to finish by saying one simple thing: I will miss you. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life and I hope to see you soon. Well done, bye bye." 6:42PM Wenger pays tribute to Fergie "I would like to wish my fellow manager Alex Ferguson well and hope he gets well quickly. "Thank you for having me for such a long time - I know it's not easy. "Above all I am like you, an Arsenal fan. It's a way of life, it's caring about the beautiful game and the values we cherish." Oh no! The microphone cut out just as he was reaching the climax of his speech! A replacement is being rushed on. 6:40PM "The greatest manager our club has ever had" Bob Wilson asks Pat Rice to present Arsene Wenger with a small, gold Premier League trophy to mark Arsenal's undefeated season in 2003/04. "Pat said I would drop it if I held it," jokes Bob. Arsene Wenger marches through the guard of honour to receive the golden trophy before, somewhat tragically lifting it aloft. Wenger 6:37PM Per given a guard of honour It's @mertesacker's turn next - and he's received a very special guard of honour WATCH LIVE �� https://t.co/4KJlfLdIj1#DankePerpic.twitter.com/9eb2mWqwKK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 6:35PM Danke Per Per Mertesacker, who is retiring in order to take over as the club's academy director, waves to the crowd after being presented with memento to mark his service to the club. Arsene Wenger is due out next. Arsenal club legend Bob Wilson is providing an eloquent intro to the great man, to cheers and applause from the Emirates crowd. Per waves goodbye Credit: Per Mertesacker 6:22PM Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Burnley Arsenal put five past Burnley in Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge Credit: Telegraph Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager is one for him to remember. Arsenal have been absolutely irresistible today and Burnley have found them impossible to live with. 6:19PM 88 mins Ohhh! Danny Welbeck almost makes it six as he clatters his shot against the off the underside of the bar from 30 yards out! What a goal that would've been. Arsenal are well and truly purring now. 6:17PM 86 mins "Sign the 'ting." Wenger congratulates Jack Wilshere on an impressive performance Credit: Getty Images 6:15PM 85 mins Most PL games in which a team has scored 5+ goals since October 1996: 41 Arsenal 37 Man Utd 35 Chelsea 31 Liverpool, Man City pic.twitter.com/QzSxndLjiL— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 6:13PM 81 mins Arsenal's record signing has taken no time at all to settle in the Premier League.. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has directly contributed to 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (8 goals, 4 assists). [@OptaJoe] pic.twitter.com/KDJL3VeIAG— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) May 6, 2018 6:12PM 79 mins Per Mertesacker given wild cheers for every completed pass he makes. Real testimonial vibe to this game now which will surely infuriate Sean Dyche. It's really quite strange that Burnley have been so meek and passive this afternoon. Aubameyang and Bellerin twice linked up for goals Credit: Aubameyang and Bellerin Nick Pope has now conceded four or more goals in a league for the first time in his career. 6:08PM 76 mins The Emirates rises as one to welcome Per Mertesacker onto the pitch for his final Arsenal appearance. The German shares a warm embrace with the departing Calum Chambers before being handed the captain's armband by Petr Cech. Per Mertesacker came on for his final Arsenal appearance Credit: Getty Images 6:05PM 73 mins GOAL! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets his second to make it five! This really is some Emirates send off for Arsene Wenger. Aaron Ramsey spreads the ball out to Hector Bellerin whose first-time cross is neatly turned home by the former Borussia Dortmund man. No team has scored five goals against Burnley all season... what chance Arsene performs a u-turn on his decision to leave... 6:03PM 70 mins Arsene Wenger shares a joke with Aaron Ramsey Credit: PA Flurry of substitutions for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck replace Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette. Wilshere is given a standing ovation after thoroughly accomplished midfield performance that surely seals his place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. 6:00PM 67 mins Arsenal players congratulate Jack Wilshere for his part in Kolasinac's goal Credit: Getty Images Jack Wilshere has done his chances of being offered an improved deal no harm at all this afternoon with what has, so far, been masterful midfield performance. Granted, Burnley have afforded him far too much space but he's had the ball on a string all game. 5:55PM 64 mins GOAL! Arsenal running riot now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again surges down the left wing before cutting inside and laying off Alex Iwobi who rifles the ball into the roof of the net to make it Arsenal 4-0 Burnley. 5:54PM 62 mins Nice touch from the travelling Burnley supporters who offer their own rendition of "Only one Arsene Wenger!" The Frenchman responds with a wave. 5:52PM 59 mins Burnley uncharacteristically loose this afternoon. They've certainly missed the leadership of Ben Mee, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a shin issue. Burnley have only conceded three or more goals on three occasions this season (Man City 3-0 away, 4-1 away (FA Cup) & Tottenham 0-3 at home).— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 6, 2018 5:48PM 56 mins Arsene Wenger enjoyed that Kolasinac strike... Arsene Wenger reacts to Sead Kolasinac's powerful drive Credit: Arsenal 5:45PM 51 mins GOAL! What a terrific strike! Jack Wilshere the architect for Arsenal. Wilshere shimmies past Jack Cork, surges directly at Burnley's back four before finding Sead Kolasinac whose powerful strike is too hot for Nick Pope. Arsenal almost immediately make it four as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's curling left-footed strike just sneaks past Pope's far post. 5:42PM 49 mins Burnley showing encouraging signs of life early in the second half. Matt Lowton twice gets to the byline but his crosses fail to beat the first man. Mkhitaryan breaks away up the other end for Arsenal but the Armenian picks the wrong pass, over-looking Aubameyang's smart run down the left in favour of an ambitious ball to Iwobi. 5:38PM 46 mins After a short delay while the whole stadium waited for referee Andre Marriner to emerge onto the pitch, Burnley get us under way at the Emirates. No changes for either side at the break. Early reports suggest Ashley Barnes suffered a dislocated shoulder in the collision with Granit Xhaka. Jack Wilshere spurs an early second-half chance Credit: Getty Images Early chance for Arsenal as Aubameyang uses his pace to get the byline and pull the ball back for Jack Wilshere, whose side-footed shot safely sails over Nick Pope's crossbar. 5:34PM Alexandre Lacazette likes his home comforts Alexandre Lacazette goal scoring record for Arsenal: 14 goals in 19 home apps 3 goals in 18 away apps pic.twitter.com/J15hl9USF9— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 5:23PM Half-time Arsene Wenger's final home game very much going to plan with Burnley offering very little resistance at the Emirates. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have put Arsenal in full control. 5:19PM 45 mins GOAL! Arsenal grab a second goal on the stroke of half-time as Alexandre Lacazette tucks the ball home from Hector Bellerin's chipped cut-back. It's been a disappointing first 45 minutes for Burnley who have barely managed to string two passes together in Arsenal's half. 5:16PM 43 mins More sharp interplay involving Alexandre Lacazette, this time with Mkhitaryan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan bounces the ball off Lacazette before unleashing a stinging low drive that Nick Pope does well to parry to his left. James Tarkowski is shown a yellow card after up-ending Lacazette after the ball had been laid-off. 5:13PM 40 mins Per Mertesacker warms up Credit: Per Mertesacker Per Mertesacker is afforded a round of applause as he heads down the touchline for a leisurely warm up. This is the German's final home game as a player before taking up a role as Arsenal's academy director. 5:11PM 37 mins Sloppy from Tarkowski. The centre-back takes way too many touches inside his own box allowing Alexandre Lacazette to nip in and rob him of the ball. Fortunately for the former Brentford man Matt Lowton is hand to cover round and scramble the ball clear. Some concern from the home crowd as Mavropanos stays down after a clash with heads with Chris Wood. The Greek stallion is certainly putting himself about. 5:09PM 35 mins Mavropanos earns a huge round of applause from the home crowd for barging Sam Vokes in the back as the pair competed for a header. Arsenal move the ball quickly up the other end, freeing Bellerin whose low cross is cleared behind for a corner. Mkhitaryan's corner is pulled back for Jack Wilshere on the edge of the corner, but his shot is blocked by Jack Cork. Arsenal piling on relentless pressure, here. 5:06PM 33 mins Jack Wilshere looking really comfortable in a slightly deeper role this afternoon. He's already linked well with Xhaka and Iwobi on several occasions with most Arsenal moves involving the England midfielder. The 26-year-old is yet to sign on a new Arsenal deal but a new offer is on the table, according to reports. 5:03PM 29 mins Will Arsene Wenger's last Arsenal signing prove to be one of his finest? That's seven Premier League goals now for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in just 10 appearances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates Arsenal's opening goal Credit: AP 5:00PM 26 mins Arsenal enjoying plenty of joy down Burnley's right-hand side. Wilshere finds Kolasinac is acres of space but the big Bosnian trips over his own feet and concedes possession allowing Burnley to clear their lines. 4:57PM 23 mins Arsene Wenger obliges as cries of "give us a wave" are directed at the Arsenal dugout. Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans Credit: AP 4:55PM 21 mins Ashley Barnes is unable continue after a lengthy period of treatment. It looks as though the striker may have popped his shoulder his out, which is a huge blow for Sean Dyche who is now without his top goalscorer. Ashley Barnes trudges off Credit: Ashley Barnes Sam Vokes replaces Barnes who is given a nice round of applause by a sympathetic Emirates crowd. 4:51PM 18 mins Xhaka and Barnes collide in mid-air Credit: Xhaka and Barnes Granit Xhaka and Ashley Barnes both collapse in a heap after a mid-air collision that neither player was particularly prepared for. Xhaka is back on his feet and clutching his ribs. Barnes is still to recover and continues to receive treatment from the Burnley medical team. 4:49PM 17 mins Another view of Arsene Wenger's guard of honour. Wenger's guard of honour #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/nHKJgxvJgx— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 6, 2018 4:46PM 13 mins GOAL! Arsenal take the lead after some slick interplay between their front two. Aubameyang turns the ball home from close range after a good cross from Lacazette. A gleeful Wenger is on his feet and applauding. "1-0 to the Arsenal," they sing. 4:44PM 9 mins Xhaka finds Kolasinac on the left-hand side with a lovely cross-field pass. The former Schalke full-back beats Lowton with ease before driving a low cross into Burnley's penalty area which is easily dealt with by Tarkowski again. Mavropanos's early overtures have been well dealt with by Burnley's backline Credit: Mavropanos Arsenal, unsurprisingly, enjoying the lion's share of possession so far. 4:40PM 7 mins Alex Iwobi registers the first shot on target of the game but it's a tame, bobbling effort that Nick Pope gathers with ease. Incidentally, Mavropanos, who starts his second Premier League for Arsenal today, is the 200th and last player to be given their debut by Arsene Wenger. 4:37PM 4 mins Arsene Wenger waves goodbye Credit: Arsene Wenger With this man on his way thoughts will quickly turn to his Arsenal replacement. The home crowd are making their feelings known with chants of Patrick Vieira. Some nice inter-play between Mkhitaryan and Wilshere on the edge of Burnley's penalty area nearly frees Alexandre Lacazette but James Tarkowski is on hand to snuff-out the danger. 4:34PM 2 mins The game eases into a predictable pattern with Arsenal dominating possession while Burnley set up with two very compact banks of four. There's an early scare for the home crowd as Petr Cech is forced to amble from his goal and head a through-ball clear just outside his area. 4:32PM 1 mins We're under way at the Emirates. A win for Burnley here this afternoon would take them level on points with Arsenal in sixth place. Can Arsenal send Arsene Wenger out in style? Credit: Tele 4:29PM Guard of honour "There's only one Arsene Wenger!" rings around the Emirates as the Frenchman emerges onto the pitch through a guard of honour. He offers a slightly self conscious double-handed wave before retreating to the safety of the dugout. Arsene Wenger is given a gaurd of honour by Arsenal and Burnley players Credit: Arsene Wenger 4:21PM Messages of thanks The boys have left their messages for the boss on special shirts ✍️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/hDrT5BnQFP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:16PM Danke Per It's not all about Arsene today, you know. It's goodbye to club captain Per Mertesacker, who will be retiring as a player and making the move upstairs as Arsenal's academy director. Today is the final home match of @Mertesacker’s playing career For the three FA Cups, for the header in the NLD, for The Mertesacker Final, for your constant professionalism, for your community work, for loving this club and for being our BFG, we want to say…#DankePer ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zJnrpP7ogq— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:04PM More on Mesut According to Wenger he misses out today with a recurrence of a 'slight back injury'. Unfortunately Martin Keown's post-match rant on Ozil's anonymous performance against Atletico Madrid in midweek has proved prescient. Mesut Ozil, who missed today's game through injury, shakes hands with Per Mertesacker Credit: Arsenal "I bet he doesn't play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend," said Keown on BT Sport. "He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season." 3:58PM This is nice... Arsenal have tweeted a graphic showing what Arsene Wenger's first ever home team looked like some 22 years ago... Adams, Keown, Vieira, Merson and Wright all in there. Here’s how we lined up for for Arsène Wenger’s first home game… #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/O3dOxfXjh0— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Wenger has spoken to Arsenal's official website on the challenges he faced when he first arrived in England, all the way back in 1996. “When I came here, you had no history of foreign managers being successful in England. It's very difficult to put that into context again but I must say, what was always the charm of Arsenal for me was the challenge, because it was for me to adapt to the local culture," said Wenger. Arsene Wenger arrived at Highbury in 1996, replacing Bruce Rioch as manager Credit: Arsene Wenger “Also Arsenal has always been a club who manages to combine the tradition and moving forward. My challenge was to move the club forward and also respect the tradition. When I arrived Liverpool and Man United were the best teams, they had great players. And that was the challenge to stand up to." 3:47PM Wenger: Arsenal can be title challengers next season Arsene Wenger believes whoever succeeds him has the makings of a great team Credit: Getty Images "It's a big job," he told Sky Sports. "The club has gone through the most difficult period in the last 10 years, building the stadium. "I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again. "What I could not predict is that clubs would move up another level financially that makes it more difficult now. "But I still think Arsenal will come back and compete for the championship." 3:41PM Arsenal team news …and here’s how we line up for his final home game ��#AFCvBFCpic.twitter.com/UBp12N7dzX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Days after former Arsenal defender accused Mesut Ozil of 'not being fit to wear the shirt', the German has been left out of today's squad entirely. Petr Cech returns in goal after David Ospina took the gloves for the trip to Madrid in midweek while Aaron Ramsey drops to the bench. 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos, who made his debut in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, returns at the back to partner Calum Chambers in defence. 3:34PM Burnley team news TEAM NEWS: Here's your Burnley team to face @Arsenal today. pic.twitter.com/ejDrQtN9As— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 6, 2018 Sean Dyche names a familiar-looking XI. Striker Chris Wood misses out after picking up a foot injury in midweek. 3:33PM Wenger's final message to Arsenal fans Arsene Wenger has delivered a poignant farewell message to home fans in his last programme notes. Arsene Wenger has written in Arsenal's matchday programme for the final time Credit: PA Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness. It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club - that I cherish so much - for such a long time.” “I tried to commit completely, for so many years, to make people happy and I wish just that people who love this club will be happy in the future and get what they really want and love. “I’ve met people for whom I am the only Arsenal manager they have known, so now this is a good opportunity for the club to have new people and new ideas to continue to move the club forward, which is what I’ve tried to do my whole life. “I’m proud that over the decades we could maintain an identification of players to the club. The players have a special attachment. Part of life as a player is to experience a special place, and that’s Arsenal. “I’m not involved in who my successor will be, that’s not my job, but what I would say to him is that he should follow what he thinks is right for the club. I’ve been guided by that my whole life here. “You have to think and act for the club like you own it. That’s the advice I’d give to him, you have to prepare to have that strength to fight every day to do the best possible for Arsenal. “My final message is to the fans. Thank you very much for all your support down the years. Continue to stand behind and support the club that is so special to all of us. No matter what happens in the future, keep faith in what the club is going. “Like you, I will continue to support Arsenal for the rest of my life. 3:17PM 'Merci Arsene' Hello there! Welcome to coverage of Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager in what is set to be an emotional day at the Emirates. Wenger's 22-year stay as Arsenal manager comes to an end this season and the club have pulled out all the stops to give the Frenchman a fitting farewell. Arsenal play host to Burnley and both teams will give Wenger a guard of honour to mark the 68-year-old's achievements in English football. Wenger's 2003/04 Invincibles squad remains the only team in Premier League history to have gone the whole season without losing a game. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal 'love story' will not end in European silverware Credit: PA “Arsene is a legend of the game and deserves every moment of his last home game to go in his favour, other than when the whistle blows," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “I’ve made it clear to the players that although there will be a lot going on, when the game starts all that has to go out of the window and we have to be ready for the challenge, because make no mistake they will be firing. “It’s human nature to be fired up for your last home game, but when you factor in a legendary manager you can expect them to have that little extra edge, so we have to be ready for that. Arsenal fans have flocked to the Emirates to honour their departing manager Credit: Getty Images “We hope he really enjoys the day, but not the game and that’s just our job." As reported by Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson, fans inside the stadium have all been provided with red and white T-shirts with the words 'Merci Arsene' on them. Players who have appeared 100 or more times for Arsenal under Wenger have been invited and will be invited on the pitch and there will be the usual post-match lap of appreciation by players and club staff to end the final home match of the season. Fans have also been invited to write their appreciation message to Wenger in a book that will then be presented to the Frenchman. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker will also be waving goodbye to fans as he begins his role as the club's new academy director.
It was Gordon Strachan who once cut through all the noise and furious debate that permanently surrounds football with just about the best measure of a football career. “It’s about the special memories you gave to your club’s fans,” he said. “When you look back, that’s what really counts.” And from the double double, a team of Invincibles and a Champions League final to an all-time record FA Cup haul, a scintillating style of football and a sparkling new stadium, even the most expectant Arsenal fan could hardly complain about the sum total of the last 22 years. All the discord and disappointments of recent seasons are of the course the backdrop against which Arsene Wenger now feels compelled to leave but, for the first afternoon in a very long time, Arsenal supporters were unified in acknowledging how the good had so emphatically outweighed the bad. Bob Wilson, who was on the coaching staff when Wenger arrived in England to the headline’ Arsene Who?’ in 1996, encapsulated that sentiment perfectly at the end of his friend’s historic 606th and final home match as manager. “It very quickly became clear to me and everyone connected with the club that this man knew exactly who he was,” said Wilson. “Arsene Wenger was a visionary and an inspiration - he built the Arsenal we know and love today. He is the greatest manger we have ever had. A special man.” Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans as his name is sung around the Emirates Credit: PA Winning 5-0 certainly helped, but rarely since The Emirates opened in 2006 has the mood ever felt happier. From the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in to convert Alexandre Lacazette’s cross after 14 minutes, there was also little doubt that Wenger would sign off with one last swashbuckling performance. Arsenal doubled their lead shortly before half-time when Lacazette himself finished Hector Bellerin’s overlapping cross. Jack Wilshere then teed up Saed Kolasinac for a thunderbolt finish before Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang completed the rout. There was a wider importance for Wenger’s successor, with victory here ensuring that Arsenal will finish sixth and not face the nightmare scenario of Europa League qualification in July. That the final sporting significance of Wenger’s last home match came down to finishing above Burnley certainly underlined the decline but, for a few hours at least, it also felt like a peripheral point. After the apathy and empty seats, tickets for this match had been shifting for as much as £2,000 over the past week. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures Many of Wenger’s finest ever players were present, as was majority owner Stan Kroenke, and everywhere you looked were the red ‘Merci Arsene’ T-shirts that the club had commissioned for the day. Wenger was unsure about being the focus for too much fuss but seemed genuinely touched by the show of respect. He received a pre-match guard of honour from both sets of players and, for perhaps the first time, he smiled and responded to frequent fan requests during the game to "give us a wave". Burnley manager Sean Dyche said that it had been a day to acknowledge the "legend that is Arsene Wenger" and noted that the Arsenal players "had turned up". After post-match presentations to retiring captain Per Mertesacker, kitman Vic Akers and women’s captain Alex Scott, a crescendo was then reached when Wenger was awarded a gold Premier League trophy by his former assistant Pat Rice for the still unique feat of going an entire season undefeated. He lingered to accept the acclaim for one last time, even stopping to enter the crowd and give up his tie to a young fan who was holding one of many signs and banners. Amid the deserved fanfare, it would still be remiss not to acknowledge that the early confirmation of Wenger’s departure had, until yesterday, only partially galvanised fans. The West Ham United match, which was 48 hours after the announcement, felt awkward and chants for Wenger here were really only vociferous throughout the post-match presentation. During the game, it was the introduction of Mertesacker that provoked probably the loudest cheer. Burnley fans also noisily pointed out that many Arsenal supporters had wanted Wenger gone. Many will blame Wenger for that and argue that he brought it on himself by overstaying his welcome. Others will look at the angry pockets of fan culture across the country and regretfully contrast this with eras past, such as when Brian Clough could relegate a club and still not hear a dissenting voice from the stands. Pat Rice presents Arsene Wenger with a golden Premier League trophy to mark the Invincibles season Credit: Reuters What next for Wenger will now be as fascinating as who next for Arsenal. In his tribute in the matchday programme, director Ken Friar recalled a recent conversation: “When I asked him to take a holiday, he said, ‘I had one in 1983’.” Wenger has said that he hopes one day to join the Arsenal season-ticket holders himself but you very clearly sense that, at 67, he does not feel finished with football management. For now, it is still hard for everyone connected with Arsenal to comprehend that his distinctive tall, grey silhouette will never again be seen in the home Emirates dugout. For every fan beneath the age of about 30, he is quite literally all they can ever remember. His most concrete legacy will of course be the Emirates stage he has now left but the more important is more intangible. It is those memories. And, including this last bow in front of the Arsenal fans, Wenger delivered a richer quality and quantity of these than any of his predecessors. 6:44PM Wenger calls on fan support Arsene Wenger signed off the words "I will miss you." Credit: Arsene Wenger "This team has a special quality. Please support them next season because they deserve it. "I would like to finish by saying one simple thing: I will miss you. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life and I hope to see you soon. Well done, bye bye." 6:42PM Wenger pays tribute to Fergie "I would like to wish my fellow manager Alex Ferguson well and hope he gets well quickly. "Thank you for having me for such a long time - I know it's not easy. "Above all I am like you, an Arsenal fan. It's a way of life, it's caring about the beautiful game and the values we cherish." Oh no! The microphone cut out just as he was reaching the climax of his speech! A replacement is being rushed on. 6:40PM "The greatest manager our club has ever had" Bob Wilson asks Pat Rice to present Arsene Wenger with a small, gold Premier League trophy to mark Arsenal's undefeated season in 2003/04. "Pat said I would drop it if I held it," jokes Bob. Arsene Wenger marches through the guard of honour to receive the golden trophy before, somewhat tragically lifting it aloft. Wenger 6:37PM Per given a guard of honour It's @mertesacker's turn next - and he's received a very special guard of honour WATCH LIVE �� https://t.co/4KJlfLdIj1#DankePerpic.twitter.com/9eb2mWqwKK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 6:35PM Danke Per Per Mertesacker, who is retiring in order to take over as the club's academy director, waves to the crowd after being presented with memento to mark his service to the club. Arsene Wenger is due out next. Arsenal club legend Bob Wilson is providing an eloquent intro to the great man, to cheers and applause from the Emirates crowd. Per waves goodbye Credit: Per Mertesacker 6:22PM Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Burnley Arsenal put five past Burnley in Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge Credit: Telegraph Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager is one for him to remember. Arsenal have been absolutely irresistible today and Burnley have found them impossible to live with. 6:19PM 88 mins Ohhh! Danny Welbeck almost makes it six as he clatters his shot against the off the underside of the bar from 30 yards out! What a goal that would've been. Arsenal are well and truly purring now. 6:17PM 86 mins "Sign the 'ting." Wenger congratulates Jack Wilshere on an impressive performance Credit: Getty Images 6:15PM 85 mins Most PL games in which a team has scored 5+ goals since October 1996: 41 Arsenal 37 Man Utd 35 Chelsea 31 Liverpool, Man City pic.twitter.com/QzSxndLjiL— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 6:13PM 81 mins Arsenal's record signing has taken no time at all to settle in the Premier League.. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has directly contributed to 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (8 goals, 4 assists). [@OptaJoe] pic.twitter.com/KDJL3VeIAG— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) May 6, 2018 6:12PM 79 mins Per Mertesacker given wild cheers for every completed pass he makes. Real testimonial vibe to this game now which will surely infuriate Sean Dyche. It's really quite strange that Burnley have been so meek and passive this afternoon. Aubameyang and Bellerin twice linked up for goals Credit: Aubameyang and Bellerin Nick Pope has now conceded four or more goals in a league for the first time in his career. 6:08PM 76 mins The Emirates rises as one to welcome Per Mertesacker onto the pitch for his final Arsenal appearance. The German shares a warm embrace with the departing Calum Chambers before being handed the captain's armband by Petr Cech. Per Mertesacker came on for his final Arsenal appearance Credit: Getty Images 6:05PM 73 mins GOAL! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets his second to make it five! This really is some Emirates send off for Arsene Wenger. Aaron Ramsey spreads the ball out to Hector Bellerin whose first-time cross is neatly turned home by the former Borussia Dortmund man. No team has scored five goals against Burnley all season... what chance Arsene performs a u-turn on his decision to leave... 6:03PM 70 mins Arsene Wenger shares a joke with Aaron Ramsey Credit: PA Flurry of substitutions for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck replace Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette. Wilshere is given a standing ovation after thoroughly accomplished midfield performance that surely seals his place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. 6:00PM 67 mins Arsenal players congratulate Jack Wilshere for his part in Kolasinac's goal Credit: Getty Images Jack Wilshere has done his chances of being offered an improved deal no harm at all this afternoon with what has, so far, been masterful midfield performance. Granted, Burnley have afforded him far too much space but he's had the ball on a string all game. 5:55PM 64 mins GOAL! Arsenal running riot now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again surges down the left wing before cutting inside and laying off Alex Iwobi who rifles the ball into the roof of the net to make it Arsenal 4-0 Burnley. 5:54PM 62 mins Nice touch from the travelling Burnley supporters who offer their own rendition of "Only one Arsene Wenger!" The Frenchman responds with a wave. 5:52PM 59 mins Burnley uncharacteristically loose this afternoon. They've certainly missed the leadership of Ben Mee, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a shin issue. Burnley have only conceded three or more goals on three occasions this season (Man City 3-0 away, 4-1 away (FA Cup) & Tottenham 0-3 at home).— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 6, 2018 5:48PM 56 mins Arsene Wenger enjoyed that Kolasinac strike... Arsene Wenger reacts to Sead Kolasinac's powerful drive Credit: Arsenal 5:45PM 51 mins GOAL! What a terrific strike! Jack Wilshere the architect for Arsenal. Wilshere shimmies past Jack Cork, surges directly at Burnley's back four before finding Sead Kolasinac whose powerful strike is too hot for Nick Pope. Arsenal almost immediately make it four as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's curling left-footed strike just sneaks past Pope's far post. 5:42PM 49 mins Burnley showing encouraging signs of life early in the second half. Matt Lowton twice gets to the byline but his crosses fail to beat the first man. Mkhitaryan breaks away up the other end for Arsenal but the Armenian picks the wrong pass, over-looking Aubameyang's smart run down the left in favour of an ambitious ball to Iwobi. 5:38PM 46 mins After a short delay while the whole stadium waited for referee Andre Marriner to emerge onto the pitch, Burnley get us under way at the Emirates. No changes for either side at the break. Early reports suggest Ashley Barnes suffered a dislocated shoulder in the collision with Granit Xhaka. Jack Wilshere spurs an early second-half chance Credit: Getty Images Early chance for Arsenal as Aubameyang uses his pace to get the byline and pull the ball back for Jack Wilshere, whose side-footed shot safely sails over Nick Pope's crossbar. 5:34PM Alexandre Lacazette likes his home comforts Alexandre Lacazette goal scoring record for Arsenal: 14 goals in 19 home apps 3 goals in 18 away apps pic.twitter.com/J15hl9USF9— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 5:23PM Half-time Arsene Wenger's final home game very much going to plan with Burnley offering very little resistance at the Emirates. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have put Arsenal in full control. 5:19PM 45 mins GOAL! Arsenal grab a second goal on the stroke of half-time as Alexandre Lacazette tucks the ball home from Hector Bellerin's chipped cut-back. It's been a disappointing first 45 minutes for Burnley who have barely managed to string two passes together in Arsenal's half. 5:16PM 43 mins More sharp interplay involving Alexandre Lacazette, this time with Mkhitaryan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan bounces the ball off Lacazette before unleashing a stinging low drive that Nick Pope does well to parry to his left. James Tarkowski is shown a yellow card after up-ending Lacazette after the ball had been laid-off. 5:13PM 40 mins Per Mertesacker warms up Credit: Per Mertesacker Per Mertesacker is afforded a round of applause as he heads down the touchline for a leisurely warm up. This is the German's final home game as a player before taking up a role as Arsenal's academy director. 5:11PM 37 mins Sloppy from Tarkowski. The centre-back takes way too many touches inside his own box allowing Alexandre Lacazette to nip in and rob him of the ball. Fortunately for the former Brentford man Matt Lowton is hand to cover round and scramble the ball clear. Some concern from the home crowd as Mavropanos stays down after a clash with heads with Chris Wood. The Greek stallion is certainly putting himself about. 5:09PM 35 mins Mavropanos earns a huge round of applause from the home crowd for barging Sam Vokes in the back as the pair competed for a header. Arsenal move the ball quickly up the other end, freeing Bellerin whose low cross is cleared behind for a corner. Mkhitaryan's corner is pulled back for Jack Wilshere on the edge of the corner, but his shot is blocked by Jack Cork. Arsenal piling on relentless pressure, here. 5:06PM 33 mins Jack Wilshere looking really comfortable in a slightly deeper role this afternoon. He's already linked well with Xhaka and Iwobi on several occasions with most Arsenal moves involving the England midfielder. The 26-year-old is yet to sign on a new Arsenal deal but a new offer is on the table, according to reports. 5:03PM 29 mins Will Arsene Wenger's last Arsenal signing prove to be one of his finest? That's seven Premier League goals now for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in just 10 appearances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates Arsenal's opening goal Credit: AP 5:00PM 26 mins Arsenal enjoying plenty of joy down Burnley's right-hand side. Wilshere finds Kolasinac is acres of space but the big Bosnian trips over his own feet and concedes possession allowing Burnley to clear their lines. 4:57PM 23 mins Arsene Wenger obliges as cries of "give us a wave" are directed at the Arsenal dugout. Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans Credit: AP 4:55PM 21 mins Ashley Barnes is unable continue after a lengthy period of treatment. It looks as though the striker may have popped his shoulder his out, which is a huge blow for Sean Dyche who is now without his top goalscorer. Ashley Barnes trudges off Credit: Ashley Barnes Sam Vokes replaces Barnes who is given a nice round of applause by a sympathetic Emirates crowd. 4:51PM 18 mins Xhaka and Barnes collide in mid-air Credit: Xhaka and Barnes Granit Xhaka and Ashley Barnes both collapse in a heap after a mid-air collision that neither player was particularly prepared for. Xhaka is back on his feet and clutching his ribs. Barnes is still to recover and continues to receive treatment from the Burnley medical team. 4:49PM 17 mins Another view of Arsene Wenger's guard of honour. Wenger's guard of honour #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/nHKJgxvJgx— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 6, 2018 4:46PM 13 mins GOAL! Arsenal take the lead after some slick interplay between their front two. Aubameyang turns the ball home from close range after a good cross from Lacazette. A gleeful Wenger is on his feet and applauding. "1-0 to the Arsenal," they sing. 4:44PM 9 mins Xhaka finds Kolasinac on the left-hand side with a lovely cross-field pass. The former Schalke full-back beats Lowton with ease before driving a low cross into Burnley's penalty area which is easily dealt with by Tarkowski again. Mavropanos's early overtures have been well dealt with by Burnley's backline Credit: Mavropanos Arsenal, unsurprisingly, enjoying the lion's share of possession so far. 4:40PM 7 mins Alex Iwobi registers the first shot on target of the game but it's a tame, bobbling effort that Nick Pope gathers with ease. Incidentally, Mavropanos, who starts his second Premier League for Arsenal today, is the 200th and last player to be given their debut by Arsene Wenger. 4:37PM 4 mins Arsene Wenger waves goodbye Credit: Arsene Wenger With this man on his way thoughts will quickly turn to his Arsenal replacement. The home crowd are making their feelings known with chants of Patrick Vieira. Some nice inter-play between Mkhitaryan and Wilshere on the edge of Burnley's penalty area nearly frees Alexandre Lacazette but James Tarkowski is on hand to snuff-out the danger. 4:34PM 2 mins The game eases into a predictable pattern with Arsenal dominating possession while Burnley set up with two very compact banks of four. There's an early scare for the home crowd as Petr Cech is forced to amble from his goal and head a through-ball clear just outside his area. 4:32PM 1 mins We're under way at the Emirates. A win for Burnley here this afternoon would take them level on points with Arsenal in sixth place. Can Arsenal send Arsene Wenger out in style? Credit: Tele 4:29PM Guard of honour "There's only one Arsene Wenger!" rings around the Emirates as the Frenchman emerges onto the pitch through a guard of honour. He offers a slightly self conscious double-handed wave before retreating to the safety of the dugout. Arsene Wenger is given a gaurd of honour by Arsenal and Burnley players Credit: Arsene Wenger 4:21PM Messages of thanks The boys have left their messages for the boss on special shirts ✍️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/hDrT5BnQFP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:16PM Danke Per It's not all about Arsene today, you know. It's goodbye to club captain Per Mertesacker, who will be retiring as a player and making the move upstairs as Arsenal's academy director. Today is the final home match of @Mertesacker’s playing career For the three FA Cups, for the header in the NLD, for The Mertesacker Final, for your constant professionalism, for your community work, for loving this club and for being our BFG, we want to say…#DankePer ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zJnrpP7ogq— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:04PM More on Mesut According to Wenger he misses out today with a recurrence of a 'slight back injury'. Unfortunately Martin Keown's post-match rant on Ozil's anonymous performance against Atletico Madrid in midweek has proved prescient. Mesut Ozil, who missed today's game through injury, shakes hands with Per Mertesacker Credit: Arsenal "I bet he doesn't play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend," said Keown on BT Sport. "He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season." 3:58PM This is nice... Arsenal have tweeted a graphic showing what Arsene Wenger's first ever home team looked like some 22 years ago... Adams, Keown, Vieira, Merson and Wright all in there. Here’s how we lined up for for Arsène Wenger’s first home game… #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/O3dOxfXjh0— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Wenger has spoken to Arsenal's official website on the challenges he faced when he first arrived in England, all the way back in 1996. “When I came here, you had no history of foreign managers being successful in England. It's very difficult to put that into context again but I must say, what was always the charm of Arsenal for me was the challenge, because it was for me to adapt to the local culture," said Wenger. Arsene Wenger arrived at Highbury in 1996, replacing Bruce Rioch as manager Credit: Arsene Wenger “Also Arsenal has always been a club who manages to combine the tradition and moving forward. My challenge was to move the club forward and also respect the tradition. When I arrived Liverpool and Man United were the best teams, they had great players. And that was the challenge to stand up to." 3:47PM Wenger: Arsenal can be title challengers next season Arsene Wenger believes whoever succeeds him has the makings of a great team Credit: Getty Images "It's a big job," he told Sky Sports. "The club has gone through the most difficult period in the last 10 years, building the stadium. "I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again. "What I could not predict is that clubs would move up another level financially that makes it more difficult now. "But I still think Arsenal will come back and compete for the championship." 3:41PM Arsenal team news …and here’s how we line up for his final home game ��#AFCvBFCpic.twitter.com/UBp12N7dzX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Days after former Arsenal defender accused Mesut Ozil of 'not being fit to wear the shirt', the German has been left out of today's squad entirely. Petr Cech returns in goal after David Ospina took the gloves for the trip to Madrid in midweek while Aaron Ramsey drops to the bench. 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos, who made his debut in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, returns at the back to partner Calum Chambers in defence. 3:34PM Burnley team news TEAM NEWS: Here's your Burnley team to face @Arsenal today. pic.twitter.com/ejDrQtN9As— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 6, 2018 Sean Dyche names a familiar-looking XI. Striker Chris Wood misses out after picking up a foot injury in midweek. 3:33PM Wenger's final message to Arsenal fans Arsene Wenger has delivered a poignant farewell message to home fans in his last programme notes. Arsene Wenger has written in Arsenal's matchday programme for the final time Credit: PA Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness. It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club - that I cherish so much - for such a long time.” “I tried to commit completely, for so many years, to make people happy and I wish just that people who love this club will be happy in the future and get what they really want and love. “I’ve met people for whom I am the only Arsenal manager they have known, so now this is a good opportunity for the club to have new people and new ideas to continue to move the club forward, which is what I’ve tried to do my whole life. “I’m proud that over the decades we could maintain an identification of players to the club. The players have a special attachment. Part of life as a player is to experience a special place, and that’s Arsenal. “I’m not involved in who my successor will be, that’s not my job, but what I would say to him is that he should follow what he thinks is right for the club. I’ve been guided by that my whole life here. “You have to think and act for the club like you own it. That’s the advice I’d give to him, you have to prepare to have that strength to fight every day to do the best possible for Arsenal. “My final message is to the fans. Thank you very much for all your support down the years. Continue to stand behind and support the club that is so special to all of us. No matter what happens in the future, keep faith in what the club is going. “Like you, I will continue to support Arsenal for the rest of my life. 3:17PM 'Merci Arsene' Hello there! Welcome to coverage of Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager in what is set to be an emotional day at the Emirates. Wenger's 22-year stay as Arsenal manager comes to an end this season and the club have pulled out all the stops to give the Frenchman a fitting farewell. Arsenal play host to Burnley and both teams will give Wenger a guard of honour to mark the 68-year-old's achievements in English football. Wenger's 2003/04 Invincibles squad remains the only team in Premier League history to have gone the whole season without losing a game. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal 'love story' will not end in European silverware Credit: PA “Arsene is a legend of the game and deserves every moment of his last home game to go in his favour, other than when the whistle blows," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “I’ve made it clear to the players that although there will be a lot going on, when the game starts all that has to go out of the window and we have to be ready for the challenge, because make no mistake they will be firing. “It’s human nature to be fired up for your last home game, but when you factor in a legendary manager you can expect them to have that little extra edge, so we have to be ready for that. Arsenal fans have flocked to the Emirates to honour their departing manager Credit: Getty Images “We hope he really enjoys the day, but not the game and that’s just our job." As reported by Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson, fans inside the stadium have all been provided with red and white T-shirts with the words 'Merci Arsene' on them. Players who have appeared 100 or more times for Arsenal under Wenger have been invited and will be invited on the pitch and there will be the usual post-match lap of appreciation by players and club staff to end the final home match of the season. Fans have also been invited to write their appreciation message to Wenger in a book that will then be presented to the Frenchman. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker will also be waving goodbye to fans as he begins his role as the club's new academy director.
Arsenal run riot against Burnley to give Arsene Wenger perfect Emirates send off
It was Gordon Strachan who once cut through all the noise and furious debate that permanently surrounds football with just about the best measure of a football career. “It’s about the special memories you gave to your club’s fans,” he said. “When you look back, that’s what really counts.” And from the double double, a team of Invincibles and a Champions League final to an all-time record FA Cup haul, a scintillating style of football and a sparkling new stadium, even the most expectant Arsenal fan could hardly complain about the sum total of the last 22 years. All the discord and disappointments of recent seasons are of the course the backdrop against which Arsene Wenger now feels compelled to leave but, for the first afternoon in a very long time, Arsenal supporters were unified in acknowledging how the good had so emphatically outweighed the bad. Bob Wilson, who was on the coaching staff when Wenger arrived in England to the headline’ Arsene Who?’ in 1996, encapsulated that sentiment perfectly at the end of his friend’s historic 606th and final home match as manager. “It very quickly became clear to me and everyone connected with the club that this man knew exactly who he was,” said Wilson. “Arsene Wenger was a visionary and an inspiration - he built the Arsenal we know and love today. He is the greatest manger we have ever had. A special man.” Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans as his name is sung around the Emirates Credit: PA Winning 5-0 certainly helped, but rarely since The Emirates opened in 2006 has the mood ever felt happier. From the moment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slid in to convert Alexandre Lacazette’s cross after 14 minutes, there was also little doubt that Wenger would sign off with one last swashbuckling performance. Arsenal doubled their lead shortly before half-time when Lacazette himself finished Hector Bellerin’s overlapping cross. Jack Wilshere then teed up Saed Kolasinac for a thunderbolt finish before Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang completed the rout. There was a wider importance for Wenger’s successor, with victory here ensuring that Arsenal will finish sixth and not face the nightmare scenario of Europa League qualification in July. That the final sporting significance of Wenger’s last home match came down to finishing above Burnley certainly underlined the decline but, for a few hours at least, it also felt like a peripheral point. After the apathy and empty seats, tickets for this match had been shifting for as much as £2,000 over the past week. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures Many of Wenger’s finest ever players were present, as was majority owner Stan Kroenke, and everywhere you looked were the red ‘Merci Arsene’ T-shirts that the club had commissioned for the day. Wenger was unsure about being the focus for too much fuss but seemed genuinely touched by the show of respect. He received a pre-match guard of honour from both sets of players and, for perhaps the first time, he smiled and responded to frequent fan requests during the game to "give us a wave". Burnley manager Sean Dyche said that it had been a day to acknowledge the "legend that is Arsene Wenger" and noted that the Arsenal players "had turned up". After post-match presentations to retiring captain Per Mertesacker, kitman Vic Akers and women’s captain Alex Scott, a crescendo was then reached when Wenger was awarded a gold Premier League trophy by his former assistant Pat Rice for the still unique feat of going an entire season undefeated. He lingered to accept the acclaim for one last time, even stopping to enter the crowd and give up his tie to a young fan who was holding one of many signs and banners. Amid the deserved fanfare, it would still be remiss not to acknowledge that the early confirmation of Wenger’s departure had, until yesterday, only partially galvanised fans. The West Ham United match, which was 48 hours after the announcement, felt awkward and chants for Wenger here were really only vociferous throughout the post-match presentation. During the game, it was the introduction of Mertesacker that provoked probably the loudest cheer. Burnley fans also noisily pointed out that many Arsenal supporters had wanted Wenger gone. Many will blame Wenger for that and argue that he brought it on himself by overstaying his welcome. Others will look at the angry pockets of fan culture across the country and regretfully contrast this with eras past, such as when Brian Clough could relegate a club and still not hear a dissenting voice from the stands. Pat Rice presents Arsene Wenger with a golden Premier League trophy to mark the Invincibles season Credit: Reuters What next for Wenger will now be as fascinating as who next for Arsenal. In his tribute in the matchday programme, director Ken Friar recalled a recent conversation: “When I asked him to take a holiday, he said, ‘I had one in 1983’.” Wenger has said that he hopes one day to join the Arsenal season-ticket holders himself but you very clearly sense that, at 67, he does not feel finished with football management. For now, it is still hard for everyone connected with Arsenal to comprehend that his distinctive tall, grey silhouette will never again be seen in the home Emirates dugout. For every fan beneath the age of about 30, he is quite literally all they can ever remember. His most concrete legacy will of course be the Emirates stage he has now left but the more important is more intangible. It is those memories. And, including this last bow in front of the Arsenal fans, Wenger delivered a richer quality and quantity of these than any of his predecessors. 6:44PM Wenger calls on fan support Arsene Wenger signed off the words "I will miss you." Credit: Arsene Wenger "This team has a special quality. Please support them next season because they deserve it. "I would like to finish by saying one simple thing: I will miss you. "Thank you all for being such an important part of my life and I hope to see you soon. Well done, bye bye." 6:42PM Wenger pays tribute to Fergie "I would like to wish my fellow manager Alex Ferguson well and hope he gets well quickly. "Thank you for having me for such a long time - I know it's not easy. "Above all I am like you, an Arsenal fan. It's a way of life, it's caring about the beautiful game and the values we cherish." Oh no! The microphone cut out just as he was reaching the climax of his speech! A replacement is being rushed on. 6:40PM "The greatest manager our club has ever had" Bob Wilson asks Pat Rice to present Arsene Wenger with a small, gold Premier League trophy to mark Arsenal's undefeated season in 2003/04. "Pat said I would drop it if I held it," jokes Bob. Arsene Wenger marches through the guard of honour to receive the golden trophy before, somewhat tragically lifting it aloft. Wenger 6:37PM Per given a guard of honour It's @mertesacker's turn next - and he's received a very special guard of honour WATCH LIVE �� https://t.co/4KJlfLdIj1#DankePerpic.twitter.com/9eb2mWqwKK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 6:35PM Danke Per Per Mertesacker, who is retiring in order to take over as the club's academy director, waves to the crowd after being presented with memento to mark his service to the club. Arsene Wenger is due out next. Arsenal club legend Bob Wilson is providing an eloquent intro to the great man, to cheers and applause from the Emirates crowd. Per waves goodbye Credit: Per Mertesacker 6:22PM Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Burnley Arsenal put five past Burnley in Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge Credit: Telegraph Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager is one for him to remember. Arsenal have been absolutely irresistible today and Burnley have found them impossible to live with. 6:19PM 88 mins Ohhh! Danny Welbeck almost makes it six as he clatters his shot against the off the underside of the bar from 30 yards out! What a goal that would've been. Arsenal are well and truly purring now. 6:17PM 86 mins "Sign the 'ting." Wenger congratulates Jack Wilshere on an impressive performance Credit: Getty Images 6:15PM 85 mins Most PL games in which a team has scored 5+ goals since October 1996: 41 Arsenal 37 Man Utd 35 Chelsea 31 Liverpool, Man City pic.twitter.com/QzSxndLjiL— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 6:13PM 81 mins Arsenal's record signing has taken no time at all to settle in the Premier League.. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has directly contributed to 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (8 goals, 4 assists). [@OptaJoe] pic.twitter.com/KDJL3VeIAG— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) May 6, 2018 6:12PM 79 mins Per Mertesacker given wild cheers for every completed pass he makes. Real testimonial vibe to this game now which will surely infuriate Sean Dyche. It's really quite strange that Burnley have been so meek and passive this afternoon. Aubameyang and Bellerin twice linked up for goals Credit: Aubameyang and Bellerin Nick Pope has now conceded four or more goals in a league for the first time in his career. 6:08PM 76 mins The Emirates rises as one to welcome Per Mertesacker onto the pitch for his final Arsenal appearance. The German shares a warm embrace with the departing Calum Chambers before being handed the captain's armband by Petr Cech. Per Mertesacker came on for his final Arsenal appearance Credit: Getty Images 6:05PM 73 mins GOAL! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets his second to make it five! This really is some Emirates send off for Arsene Wenger. Aaron Ramsey spreads the ball out to Hector Bellerin whose first-time cross is neatly turned home by the former Borussia Dortmund man. No team has scored five goals against Burnley all season... what chance Arsene performs a u-turn on his decision to leave... 6:03PM 70 mins Arsene Wenger shares a joke with Aaron Ramsey Credit: PA Flurry of substitutions for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck replace Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Lacazette. Wilshere is given a standing ovation after thoroughly accomplished midfield performance that surely seals his place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. 6:00PM 67 mins Arsenal players congratulate Jack Wilshere for his part in Kolasinac's goal Credit: Getty Images Jack Wilshere has done his chances of being offered an improved deal no harm at all this afternoon with what has, so far, been masterful midfield performance. Granted, Burnley have afforded him far too much space but he's had the ball on a string all game. 5:55PM 64 mins GOAL! Arsenal running riot now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again surges down the left wing before cutting inside and laying off Alex Iwobi who rifles the ball into the roof of the net to make it Arsenal 4-0 Burnley. 5:54PM 62 mins Nice touch from the travelling Burnley supporters who offer their own rendition of "Only one Arsene Wenger!" The Frenchman responds with a wave. 5:52PM 59 mins Burnley uncharacteristically loose this afternoon. They've certainly missed the leadership of Ben Mee, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with a shin issue. Burnley have only conceded three or more goals on three occasions this season (Man City 3-0 away, 4-1 away (FA Cup) & Tottenham 0-3 at home).— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 6, 2018 5:48PM 56 mins Arsene Wenger enjoyed that Kolasinac strike... Arsene Wenger reacts to Sead Kolasinac's powerful drive Credit: Arsenal 5:45PM 51 mins GOAL! What a terrific strike! Jack Wilshere the architect for Arsenal. Wilshere shimmies past Jack Cork, surges directly at Burnley's back four before finding Sead Kolasinac whose powerful strike is too hot for Nick Pope. Arsenal almost immediately make it four as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's curling left-footed strike just sneaks past Pope's far post. 5:42PM 49 mins Burnley showing encouraging signs of life early in the second half. Matt Lowton twice gets to the byline but his crosses fail to beat the first man. Mkhitaryan breaks away up the other end for Arsenal but the Armenian picks the wrong pass, over-looking Aubameyang's smart run down the left in favour of an ambitious ball to Iwobi. 5:38PM 46 mins After a short delay while the whole stadium waited for referee Andre Marriner to emerge onto the pitch, Burnley get us under way at the Emirates. No changes for either side at the break. Early reports suggest Ashley Barnes suffered a dislocated shoulder in the collision with Granit Xhaka. Jack Wilshere spurs an early second-half chance Credit: Getty Images Early chance for Arsenal as Aubameyang uses his pace to get the byline and pull the ball back for Jack Wilshere, whose side-footed shot safely sails over Nick Pope's crossbar. 5:34PM Alexandre Lacazette likes his home comforts Alexandre Lacazette goal scoring record for Arsenal: 14 goals in 19 home apps 3 goals in 18 away apps pic.twitter.com/J15hl9USF9— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 6, 2018 5:23PM Half-time Arsene Wenger's final home game very much going to plan with Burnley offering very little resistance at the Emirates. Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have put Arsenal in full control. 5:19PM 45 mins GOAL! Arsenal grab a second goal on the stroke of half-time as Alexandre Lacazette tucks the ball home from Hector Bellerin's chipped cut-back. It's been a disappointing first 45 minutes for Burnley who have barely managed to string two passes together in Arsenal's half. 5:16PM 43 mins More sharp interplay involving Alexandre Lacazette, this time with Mkhitaryan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan bounces the ball off Lacazette before unleashing a stinging low drive that Nick Pope does well to parry to his left. James Tarkowski is shown a yellow card after up-ending Lacazette after the ball had been laid-off. 5:13PM 40 mins Per Mertesacker warms up Credit: Per Mertesacker Per Mertesacker is afforded a round of applause as he heads down the touchline for a leisurely warm up. This is the German's final home game as a player before taking up a role as Arsenal's academy director. 5:11PM 37 mins Sloppy from Tarkowski. The centre-back takes way too many touches inside his own box allowing Alexandre Lacazette to nip in and rob him of the ball. Fortunately for the former Brentford man Matt Lowton is hand to cover round and scramble the ball clear. Some concern from the home crowd as Mavropanos stays down after a clash with heads with Chris Wood. The Greek stallion is certainly putting himself about. 5:09PM 35 mins Mavropanos earns a huge round of applause from the home crowd for barging Sam Vokes in the back as the pair competed for a header. Arsenal move the ball quickly up the other end, freeing Bellerin whose low cross is cleared behind for a corner. Mkhitaryan's corner is pulled back for Jack Wilshere on the edge of the corner, but his shot is blocked by Jack Cork. Arsenal piling on relentless pressure, here. 5:06PM 33 mins Jack Wilshere looking really comfortable in a slightly deeper role this afternoon. He's already linked well with Xhaka and Iwobi on several occasions with most Arsenal moves involving the England midfielder. The 26-year-old is yet to sign on a new Arsenal deal but a new offer is on the table, according to reports. 5:03PM 29 mins Will Arsene Wenger's last Arsenal signing prove to be one of his finest? That's seven Premier League goals now for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in just 10 appearances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates Arsenal's opening goal Credit: AP 5:00PM 26 mins Arsenal enjoying plenty of joy down Burnley's right-hand side. Wilshere finds Kolasinac is acres of space but the big Bosnian trips over his own feet and concedes possession allowing Burnley to clear their lines. 4:57PM 23 mins Arsene Wenger obliges as cries of "give us a wave" are directed at the Arsenal dugout. Arsene Wenger waves to Arsenal fans Credit: AP 4:55PM 21 mins Ashley Barnes is unable continue after a lengthy period of treatment. It looks as though the striker may have popped his shoulder his out, which is a huge blow for Sean Dyche who is now without his top goalscorer. Ashley Barnes trudges off Credit: Ashley Barnes Sam Vokes replaces Barnes who is given a nice round of applause by a sympathetic Emirates crowd. 4:51PM 18 mins Xhaka and Barnes collide in mid-air Credit: Xhaka and Barnes Granit Xhaka and Ashley Barnes both collapse in a heap after a mid-air collision that neither player was particularly prepared for. Xhaka is back on his feet and clutching his ribs. Barnes is still to recover and continues to receive treatment from the Burnley medical team. 4:49PM 17 mins Another view of Arsene Wenger's guard of honour. Wenger's guard of honour #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/nHKJgxvJgx— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 6, 2018 4:46PM 13 mins GOAL! Arsenal take the lead after some slick interplay between their front two. Aubameyang turns the ball home from close range after a good cross from Lacazette. A gleeful Wenger is on his feet and applauding. "1-0 to the Arsenal," they sing. 4:44PM 9 mins Xhaka finds Kolasinac on the left-hand side with a lovely cross-field pass. The former Schalke full-back beats Lowton with ease before driving a low cross into Burnley's penalty area which is easily dealt with by Tarkowski again. Mavropanos's early overtures have been well dealt with by Burnley's backline Credit: Mavropanos Arsenal, unsurprisingly, enjoying the lion's share of possession so far. 4:40PM 7 mins Alex Iwobi registers the first shot on target of the game but it's a tame, bobbling effort that Nick Pope gathers with ease. Incidentally, Mavropanos, who starts his second Premier League for Arsenal today, is the 200th and last player to be given their debut by Arsene Wenger. 4:37PM 4 mins Arsene Wenger waves goodbye Credit: Arsene Wenger With this man on his way thoughts will quickly turn to his Arsenal replacement. The home crowd are making their feelings known with chants of Patrick Vieira. Some nice inter-play between Mkhitaryan and Wilshere on the edge of Burnley's penalty area nearly frees Alexandre Lacazette but James Tarkowski is on hand to snuff-out the danger. 4:34PM 2 mins The game eases into a predictable pattern with Arsenal dominating possession while Burnley set up with two very compact banks of four. There's an early scare for the home crowd as Petr Cech is forced to amble from his goal and head a through-ball clear just outside his area. 4:32PM 1 mins We're under way at the Emirates. A win for Burnley here this afternoon would take them level on points with Arsenal in sixth place. Can Arsenal send Arsene Wenger out in style? Credit: Tele 4:29PM Guard of honour "There's only one Arsene Wenger!" rings around the Emirates as the Frenchman emerges onto the pitch through a guard of honour. He offers a slightly self conscious double-handed wave before retreating to the safety of the dugout. Arsene Wenger is given a gaurd of honour by Arsenal and Burnley players Credit: Arsene Wenger 4:21PM Messages of thanks The boys have left their messages for the boss on special shirts ✍️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/hDrT5BnQFP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:16PM Danke Per It's not all about Arsene today, you know. It's goodbye to club captain Per Mertesacker, who will be retiring as a player and making the move upstairs as Arsenal's academy director. Today is the final home match of @Mertesacker’s playing career For the three FA Cups, for the header in the NLD, for The Mertesacker Final, for your constant professionalism, for your community work, for loving this club and for being our BFG, we want to say…#DankePer ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zJnrpP7ogq— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 4:04PM More on Mesut According to Wenger he misses out today with a recurrence of a 'slight back injury'. Unfortunately Martin Keown's post-match rant on Ozil's anonymous performance against Atletico Madrid in midweek has proved prescient. Mesut Ozil, who missed today's game through injury, shakes hands with Per Mertesacker Credit: Arsenal "I bet he doesn't play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won't be able to play at the weekend," said Keown on BT Sport. "He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season." 3:58PM This is nice... Arsenal have tweeted a graphic showing what Arsene Wenger's first ever home team looked like some 22 years ago... Adams, Keown, Vieira, Merson and Wright all in there. Here’s how we lined up for for Arsène Wenger’s first home game… #MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/O3dOxfXjh0— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Wenger has spoken to Arsenal's official website on the challenges he faced when he first arrived in England, all the way back in 1996. “When I came here, you had no history of foreign managers being successful in England. It's very difficult to put that into context again but I must say, what was always the charm of Arsenal for me was the challenge, because it was for me to adapt to the local culture," said Wenger. Arsene Wenger arrived at Highbury in 1996, replacing Bruce Rioch as manager Credit: Arsene Wenger “Also Arsenal has always been a club who manages to combine the tradition and moving forward. My challenge was to move the club forward and also respect the tradition. When I arrived Liverpool and Man United were the best teams, they had great players. And that was the challenge to stand up to." 3:47PM Wenger: Arsenal can be title challengers next season Arsene Wenger believes whoever succeeds him has the makings of a great team Credit: Getty Images "It's a big job," he told Sky Sports. "The club has gone through the most difficult period in the last 10 years, building the stadium. "I always felt that after 2016 that the club would be in a financial situation where we would compete again. "What I could not predict is that clubs would move up another level financially that makes it more difficult now. "But I still think Arsenal will come back and compete for the championship." 3:41PM Arsenal team news …and here’s how we line up for his final home game ��#AFCvBFCpic.twitter.com/UBp12N7dzX— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018 Days after former Arsenal defender accused Mesut Ozil of 'not being fit to wear the shirt', the German has been left out of today's squad entirely. Petr Cech returns in goal after David Ospina took the gloves for the trip to Madrid in midweek while Aaron Ramsey drops to the bench. 20-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos, who made his debut in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, returns at the back to partner Calum Chambers in defence. 3:34PM Burnley team news TEAM NEWS: Here's your Burnley team to face @Arsenal today. pic.twitter.com/ejDrQtN9As— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 6, 2018 Sean Dyche names a familiar-looking XI. Striker Chris Wood misses out after picking up a foot injury in midweek. 3:33PM Wenger's final message to Arsenal fans Arsene Wenger has delivered a poignant farewell message to home fans in his last programme notes. Arsene Wenger has written in Arsenal's matchday programme for the final time Credit: PA Personally, I expect today will be dominated by sadness. It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club - that I cherish so much - for such a long time.” “I tried to commit completely, for so many years, to make people happy and I wish just that people who love this club will be happy in the future and get what they really want and love. “I’ve met people for whom I am the only Arsenal manager they have known, so now this is a good opportunity for the club to have new people and new ideas to continue to move the club forward, which is what I’ve tried to do my whole life. “I’m proud that over the decades we could maintain an identification of players to the club. The players have a special attachment. Part of life as a player is to experience a special place, and that’s Arsenal. “I’m not involved in who my successor will be, that’s not my job, but what I would say to him is that he should follow what he thinks is right for the club. I’ve been guided by that my whole life here. “You have to think and act for the club like you own it. That’s the advice I’d give to him, you have to prepare to have that strength to fight every day to do the best possible for Arsenal. “My final message is to the fans. Thank you very much for all your support down the years. Continue to stand behind and support the club that is so special to all of us. No matter what happens in the future, keep faith in what the club is going. “Like you, I will continue to support Arsenal for the rest of my life. 3:17PM 'Merci Arsene' Hello there! Welcome to coverage of Arsene Wenger's final home game as Arsenal manager in what is set to be an emotional day at the Emirates. Wenger's 22-year stay as Arsenal manager comes to an end this season and the club have pulled out all the stops to give the Frenchman a fitting farewell. Arsenal play host to Burnley and both teams will give Wenger a guard of honour to mark the 68-year-old's achievements in English football. Wenger's 2003/04 Invincibles squad remains the only team in Premier League history to have gone the whole season without losing a game. Arsene Wenger's Arsenal 'love story' will not end in European silverware Credit: PA “Arsene is a legend of the game and deserves every moment of his last home game to go in his favour, other than when the whistle blows," said Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “I’ve made it clear to the players that although there will be a lot going on, when the game starts all that has to go out of the window and we have to be ready for the challenge, because make no mistake they will be firing. “It’s human nature to be fired up for your last home game, but when you factor in a legendary manager you can expect them to have that little extra edge, so we have to be ready for that. Arsenal fans have flocked to the Emirates to honour their departing manager Credit: Getty Images “We hope he really enjoys the day, but not the game and that’s just our job." As reported by Telegraph Sport's Jeremy Wilson, fans inside the stadium have all been provided with red and white T-shirts with the words 'Merci Arsene' on them. Players who have appeared 100 or more times for Arsenal under Wenger have been invited and will be invited on the pitch and there will be the usual post-match lap of appreciation by players and club staff to end the final home match of the season. Fans have also been invited to write their appreciation message to Wenger in a book that will then be presented to the Frenchman. Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker will also be waving goodbye to fans as he begins his role as the club's new academy director.

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