Arsene Wenger desires to end Arsenal ‘love story’ on a high

On the eve of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, Arsene Wenger – as per a report published by BT Sport – has indulged his desire to end his 22 year ‘love story’ with the north-Londoners on a high by reaching the final of the continent’s secondary competition.

Wenger has laid claim to a vast array of gongs and trophies during his distinguished managerial career at the Gunners but European success is yet to be tasted. If Arsenal are to progress past their organised La Liga opponents, they’ll have to exhibit a collective ‘commitment’ in all departments.

A victory in the Europa League final, ultimately, will enable Arsenal to perform in next season’s Champions League campaign and the French tactician, who’s future is seemingly shrouded in mystery, said:

“I don’t know what I will do next season,

“At the minute I think I would like to finish well my job. I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all my commitment and energy I would like to walk out of Arsenal one day and think until the last day I focused only on Arsenal.

“When my job is finished at Arsenal I will see where I go from there but I want to finish this love story well.”

At the Wanda Metropolitano, the venue for Thursday’s semi-final clash, ‘Atleti’ have not conceded a goal in 11 competitive matches, and whilst Arsenal crafted countless opportunities at the Emirates in the first meeting last week with little fruition, ‘Le Prof’ demands that his men stay vigilant and hungry in the final third when vital phases materialise.

“The history has to stop somewhere,” he added.

“That is what we will try to do. In the first game we created chances, that is why we want to create the situation where we created many chances but we didn’t manage to put them in the net.

“We have to keep the same commitment, not focus too much on the way we play. Just how we attack and build the game up from the back.”

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