Wenger thanks United for 'classy' send off

Aubrey Yates
May 2, 2018

But there are three more weeks until the final.

"My successor will watch this game and hopefully he will come to a positive conclusion because I think they are the future of Arsenal football club - some, 100%".

"We are nearly there but I can't celebrate because nearly is not enough".

Fellaini's stoppage-time victor against Arsenal on Sunday was an example of Plan B being executed to perfection - a long ball, won by the towering Belgian, which found its way into the net off the back of Fellaini's head.

Lukaku, who has netted 27 goals in all competitions this season, was replaced in the 50th minute of Sunday's Premier League game by Marcus Rashford after suffering a foot injury, and United face Lukaku's old club Chelsea in the final at Wembley on May 19.

"He wants to play all the time".

Wenger's final match at Old Trafford as Arsenal manager ended in defeat as a stoppage-time header from substitute Marouane Fellaini earned United a 2-1 win.

Meanwhile, Wenger is now preparing his Arsenal side for their trip to Atletico Madrid in the return leg of their crunch Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday night.

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I don't know if that is true or not but, if those figures are accurate, it will not buy them an terrible lot. "United are a better team with him in it - they should keep him and make him the player he can be".

United moved five points clear in second place, but is 16 points adrift of champion Manchester City.

However, Mourinho's words have brought a fresh twist to the saga and according to Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad, the midfielder would indeed prefer to sign a new contract with Manchester United.

The Frenchman won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the club. "It was just another game for me but I'm very grateful for the gesture from Manchester United".

But in the cold light of day, for United to become what they want to be again, Fellaini has to be consigned to the past.

Winning games when they have not played well is not a trait we have seen much of from Arsenal this season, but Thursday would be a good time to start - so much depends on them getting the right result this time.

"I am programmed to try and win football games, I don't think that changes".

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