Thank you, Arséne

By Avenell Dave

Thank you for extending the careers of our brilliant back four to ensure a smooth transition after your arrival.

Thank you for showing us how you planned to run the club by signing Patrick Vieira before you even arrived from Japan. 

Thank you for discovering Nicolas Anelka and turning him into the best young striker of his generation within months of his arrival.

Thank you for bringing us a Double in your first full season - for moments like the Tony Adams goal against Everton (from a Steve Bould pass!) that bring a tear to the eye.

Thank you for maintaining your beliefs, for turning us into the dull, turgid side who were happy to win 1-0 to a side synonymous with attacking flair and the most exciting style in the world.

Thank you for London Colney - training facilities I have had the privilege to visit on numerous occasions - which do justice to the team you have put together.

Thank you for bringing Thierry Henry to North London and the goals he brought such as the 70 yard dash and finish in front of the North Bank against T*ttenh*m; the run and goal against Inter in Milan which humbled one of the most notorious defences in Italy; the trickery at the Bernabeu which put us ahead in the Champions League; the swivel and top corner finish against M*nure...the list goes on.

Thank you for getting the best out of Dennis Bergkamp and ensuring he played at the highest level for as long as he did - there is only ONE Dennis Bergkamp.

Thanks for Freddie Ljungberg, Marc Overmars, Sylvain Wiltord, Robert Pires, Alex Hleb, Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott and now Jack Wilshere - all wide men who put the fear of God into opposition through the understanding of your football philosophy.

Thank you for bringing us a second Double, four FA Cups, three titles, two European finals, one League Cup final.

Thank you for The Invincibles. Safe for another season and probably unlikely to be matched in our lifetime.

Thank you for taking us to the Champions League final in 2006 and for making Arsenal one of the biggest club sides in the world, consistently challenging for honours and reaching the latter stages of football's premier club competition.

Thank you for May 7 2006, one of my top five moments as an Arsenal fan - beating Wigan in our last game at Highbury, overtaking T*ttenh*m, saying farewell to our old home in such wonderful circumstances. Pleasure you can't measure.

Thank you for Ashburton Grove - it may not entirely feel like The Home of Football just yet but it is a temple where we will enjoy decades of drama, success and inspiration - and its existence is down to you.

Thank you for everything you have done over the past 13 years - long may your reign continue. We believe in you, Mr Wenger.