Keane reveals how Arsenal are different now than earlier in Wenger era

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The Frenchman announced last week that he will be leaving the North London club at the end of the season after 22 years in charge at Arsenal.

"Of course it feels like an opportunity missed", Wenger told BT Sport.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford, Wenger is quoted by Arsenal's official website as saying: "Of course [it will be a little bit unusual to face Alexis]".

The visitors were on the back foot for nearly the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow cards in the first 10 minutes.

Wenger truly changed the English game with his tactics and philosophies, and we wouldn't be seeing the football we do now if it wasn't for him.

Arsenal could and should have added to their lead, but instead some comical defending cost them dearly when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal.

With Atletico's furious manager Diego Simeone sent to the stands shortly afterwards, the Spanish side survived unscathed to half-time with Alexandre Lacazette clipping the post with a half-volley in the hosts' best chance. "I don't say that just as he is my teammate, but for the saves he makes and the points he brings us".

"So again thank you very much for that, they pushed us to the limits".




"Now we have a nice home return at home and hopefully our fans can help us to go through", he said.

He confessed: "It was a 90 minutes in which my body was filled with really strong emotions". For the players, better than for me because they had more time off than I did but that's just the nature of the job and I think they deserve that little rest.

They are aiming to win a second European trophy, a quarter of a century after their triumph in the inaugural Champions League final in 1993. "To stand firm as they did after such a long season, for 80 minutes, was tremendous". "I think he'll feel the respect we have".

He joked: "I got always a very good reception!"

One thing for sure is he will not be getting too emotional.

Wenger hasn't won the league since then, while Mourinho has enjoyed continental success - winning the Premier League again with Chelsea, the treble with Inter Milan, and a La Liga title with Real Madrid.

That second wind in Manchester coincided with Arsenal's move to a new stadium and the financial constraints that came with it for a number of years.

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