In the latest Arsenal news, midfielder Aaron Ramsey says the players are determined to send manager Arsene Wenger out on a high by winning the Europa League this season.
The Gunners confirmed on Friday that the French tactician would not continue at the Emirates beyond the current campaign and now the search for a new manager has begun in north London.
Arsenal are already on the right track of giving Wenger a positive send off as they managed to overcome London rivals West Ham with a 4-1 win in the Premier League on Sunday.
After the match Ramsey, who scored in the victory over the Hammers, admitted the news about Wenger has been difficult for the players but hope the squad can bring about a positive end to his 22-year tenure.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s really tough to take by the group of lads. He’s believed in us and given us all these opportunities over the years. He brought me here as a 17-year-old, I owe him a lot. He deserves all the plaudits he gets. Hopefully we can finish off the season on a high.
“We’re not thinking about who’s coming in next – it’s about doing it for him. Winning the Europa League would be a perfect send-off for him.”
Speaking about the victory over West Ham he added: “We took a bit of time to get going. I don’t want to make excuses, we weren’t quite at it. We stayed at the game at 0-0. It was important we put it right in the second half.
“I’m delighted on a personal note to score – and more importantly get the three points.”
Arsenal are next in action in the Europa League against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final first leg on Thursday night.
The Gunners are 10/3 with William Hill to finish the campaign with a trophy by winning the Europa League, securing Champions League football for next season.