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Arsenal News: Per Mertesacker's emotional Arsene Wenger tribute sets trophy

The longtime Frenchman will resign at the end of the season, and there is determination in the Emirates to send him away with silverware

Per Mertesacker has given outgoing emotional coach to outgoing coach Arsene Wenger, declaring: "The Arsenal's ambition is to win its iconic manager to sell with large silver cutlery.

After 22 years with the Gunners, London's long-standing presence has shown he will resign at the end of the season [19659003] Wenger left after failing to uphold the standards he used to defend Premier League Won the title, graced the Champions League and negotiated a full-scale campaign without defeat.

He leaves Emirates Stadium with his legacy Current Arsenal captain Mertesacker is determined to stay in shape with a Europa League triumph. The Gunners are preparing for a semi-final showdown with Atletico Madrid 9659003] Mertesacker wrote in his foreword to a Premier League meeting with West Ham in his program notes: "It is only right that I apply these records with a tribute to a man, who taught me so much, both in the field and as a human.

"We were not informed until Friday about the manager's decision to step down at the end of the season, so it's still pretty emotional.

"Obviously he was in the club for so long and he supported me so much.

" One of the main reasons why I'm here is because of him. It was emotional and there will be time to digest it, but it is a sad feeling.

"He has been the main character of this club for more than 20 years, he was so impressive to me, and he has been so familiar throughout my career, when I came here and made me captain, even when I was injured. 19659003] "He also gave me a future role here in the club, so I'm very grateful and humbled for the opportunity he gave me." 19659003] "It's a sad day for me, but we're moving into that too Future. It is also in Arsenean's interest that this club will give positive memories to fans and people.

"The boss brought in the right people at the right time and had continued success.

" That really impressed me, in terms of his football knowledge and what he brought to this country and this club. It was so instrumental for what happened in the years to come

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"The people he hir Ed and the players he signed have always made a difference.

"I was just amazed how a coach could be such a protagonist for the club that made him grow as fast as the club.

"There's a need for us to do it for him as well, and we want to give him the goodbye he deserves: with a cup."

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