It wasn’t supposed to be like this. He was supposed to ride out with a trophy, amid confetti and streamers on the shoulders of champions.
But life is rude.
Arsène Wenger’s last match as manager of Arsenal was fitting in its own way, a 1-0 win over Huddersfield that saw plenty of chances from both sides. The goal itself was brilliant bit of play that saw a handful of passes swivel and slice up the Huddersfield defense with the final touch coming as Aaron Ramsey played a ball across to Patrick Aubameyang who put away his 10th goal of the season in just 13 matches.
But today wasn’t about this game. It was about this era.
It’s over now. Whatever comes next will have to exist in Arsène’s afterglow, the penumbra of a legend and an icon.
I suppose we could just imagine the shoulders and the trophy for ourselves, a dream of what could have been built upon what once was.
Perhaps for today, we should.