Arsene Wenger had the Emirates Stadium crowd - and millions of fans around the world - in the palm of his hand when he delivered his farewell speech after his final home game as our manager.
“This is more than just watching football,” he said. “It’s a way of life. It is caring about the beautiful game, about the values that we cherish, and as well something that goes through every cell of our body. We care, we worry, we are desperate, but when you come here, we realise…”
And then his microphone failed.
Wenger’s words were tugging at the heartstrings of Arsenal supporters everywhere, but what was he going to say?
In his final interview with Arsenal.com before leaving the club, Arsene finally completed his speech. So, what do “we realise” when we watch our team?
“We realise it’s all worth it, all the suffering, because then the special moments start,” he said. “You can click with your team and be transported into a different world on another planet. That’s what I wanted to say.
“Look, we’re happy, we’re not happy, you’re disagreeing, but when you come to the stadium and the team plays and transports us to a beautiful world, you realise it’s all worth it.
“Daily life is not always enjoyable, it’s difficult for many people, and I’m always moved by one thing: to try to give people, when they wake up in the morning and go to the stadium, the hope of a special moment, the hope of a moment of happiness and the hope of a moment where they can forget all their problems.
“I think football has that responsibility and when you manage to do that, all the rest is worth it.”
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