Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to ‘stand behind the team’ ahead of West Ham clash

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal supporters to ‘stand behind the team’ ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday afternoon. 

The match will be the Frenchman’s first since he announced on Friday that he would stand down as Gunners boss at the end of the season, after almost 22 years in charge.

The 68-year-old insisted he wants to go out on a high and has asked for the fans support to help make that happen. 

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to get behind the team ahead of the West Ham match

In his programme notes, Wenger wrote: ‘I’m sure you are all aware that, after careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

‘I don’t want to say too much now, but as I said on Friday I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club with full commitment and integrity for so many memorable years.

‘For now, there are still seven football matches to play this season – hopefully eight if we can triumph over Atletico – and my immediate thoughts have to be about these games, starting with West Ham today.

‘I want to finish these notes by offering thanks to the staff, the players, the directors and the fans who make this club so special.

‘My love and support for Arsenal will last forever and I urge our fans to stand behind the team so we can finish on a high.’