Outgoing Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Given Emotional Farewell

Arsene Wenger was given a fitting farewell from fans and players after his last game in charge at the Emirates as Arsenal manager.

Tributes were paid to the outgoing Frenchman throughout Sunday's Premier League 5-0 defeat of Burnley, starting with an appreciative guard of honour from both sets of players and ending with speeches and presentations on the pitch.

Queues outside the club's The Armoury Store grew ahead of kick-off as fans stood in line to sign a book with farewell messages for the 68-year-old. Shirts inside the club store also displayed messages from the current squad.

A message from midfielder Granit Xhaka read: "A dream come true to play for you", while Jack Wilshere wrote: "Like a father through tough times in my career."

Wenger emerged shyly from the tunnel into the north London sunshine before waving to the capacity crowd as Gunners fans sang his name for one of the final times during his 22-year tenure.

Thursday's Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid meant there would be no fairytale ending to his reign in terms of silverware but the overall supporter reception remained positive, in spite of regular protests over the course of the past few seasons.

Chants of "There's only one Arsene Wenger" and "Arsene give us a wave" rang from the stands at regular intervals, while the majority of the 59,549 in attendance donned red t-shirts handed out by the club with the message 'Merci Arsene'.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was among those in attendance for the celebratory occasion, with a host of club greats, including Emmanuel Petit, Bob Wilson and Martin Keown, joining him.

It was Wenger's 606th home game in charge of the Gunners, a run which began on October 19, 1996, with a goalless draw against Coventry at Highbury, a decade before the Gunners moved to their current home.

Wenger's last Arsenal programme notes began by talking about the painful European defeat in Madrid, which confirmed his haul of major trophies with the club - three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups - would end at 10.

His former assistant Pat Rice and the club's former goalkeeper Bob Wilson made a speech and awarded the 68-year-old with a commemorative gold Premier League trophy - awarded to the club after the unbeaten 'Invincible' title-winning season.