Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger holds up his gift of the 2003-4 gold Premier League trophy, awarded for their unbeaten season on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 6, 2018.
The 41-year-old former Nigeria global who played under Wenger for six years said the manager is like a father to him and other Gunners.
He wrote on Instagram: 'It is a pity I missed yesterday's match with my back injury.
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Speaking after the usual lap of honour which he completed with his players, the Frenchman would again not be drawn on his replacement but said the team at his disposal will be good enough to challenge for honours - provided there are some key additions. He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season'. "They're all here to support him, say goodbye and thank him for all that he has done for the club".
Other former Gunners present include Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Petit, Martin Keown, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell.
Even without the German playmaker - who is the highest-paid player at the club - Arsenal still managed a convincing 5-0 win against the Clarets to give Wenger the flawless send-off.
"Anybody that is looking to progress the players, young or old (manager), as long as they are ready to promote people from the academy like the boys I've just named".