Press conference

‘It’s been so emotional... I'll miss this place'


Sunday was an emotional day as we said goodbye to Joe Montemurro after almost four years in charge.

Our head coach has built a reputation for playing exciting, attacking football - and Sunday was no different as we ran out 9-0 winners over Crystal Palace.

It was the perfect send off for Montemurro - and here’s what he had to say in his final post-match press conference.

on his emotions over the last week…

I can’t put into words what all the words and tributes I’ve received this week mean to me, it’s been brilliant from all of the Arsenal fans and it’s been absolutely amazing and I have cherished every word and everyone that has reached out. It’s been really emotional and I am going to miss the place.

on his decision to leave the club…

You always want to be in a position to make the decision yourself and I have purely made the decision on what I think is best for the club and for myself so I can move on and get a bit of a break. I think it’s a decision that benefits everyone and I am sure the club will move on and do bigger and better things.

on being voted Arsenal Women’s Supporters Club player of the match…

I think it’s the new scarf that the players bought me as a going away present, I think I just had the looks on the touchline to get me the award!

on finishing the season in a positive moment…
I felt all week that the players wanted to finish the season on a high and really set things up for next year and all credit to the players, they were fantastic today and it was great to get everyone involved and tinker with a few things so it was a nice send off.

on the performance of the team…
It was a nice summery game and a recap of the things we try t do, the bravery, the proactiveness, we took risks and I like that and it was beautiful to see everything we try to do summed up like that today. I couldn’t have asked for any more from the team.

on his final message to the fans…
You’ve put me on the spot here! But look, I’ve grown up as an Arsenal fan and loved the club in a big way and in a way that means a lot to me, so I hope that I’ve been able to do everything possible for the team and for the club, and I hope that I’ve brought a little joy to the fans in terms of the way that we play, but more importantly to represent the club in the way that it should be represented. I just want to say thank you for your support, for having me at this club and for being part of this amazing feeling.

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