Date: 23rd April 2018 at 11:20am
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Laurent Koscielny has said that the Arsenal players are determined to ‘do a job’ for manager Arsene Wenger this season as we target Europa League glory.

Having announced his resignation from the club ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Ham United, Arsenal started Wenger’s send-off in good fashion by taking a 4-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The main focus, of course, will be the Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid on Thursday and seeing Wenger lift another trophy as he brings his 22-year charge to a close.

Having been signed by the Frenchman back in 2010, Koscielny told the Official Site that everyone in the squad wanted to do him proud.

“I think the boss has done a great job for this club and he’s still not finished. The book is nearly finished but we have seven finals to play and we want to give him a happy end. He gave the chance for other players to play for this club and believes in us so now we need to do a job just for him. What he did for many years for the club is unbelievable so all the fans, all the people who work in this club and all the players, they have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great coach and a great man.”

Koscielny admits the target for the season hasn’t, and won’t now be reached, as we hoped for far greater form in the Premier League itself. Although the victory today was for the fans, it was also the players showing their ‘respect’ to Wenger for turning Arsenal into one of the biggest clubs in the world.

With the anti-Wenger sentiment blunted by his announcement, victory on Sunday was key to helping the overall atmosphere at the ground continue to show improvement and it was a good warm-up for the Atleti clash ahead.

There were, of course, those who felt that Wenger had unfairly taken the brunt of player failings in recent times.