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5.25pm, May 13, 2018, John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Arsene Wenger emerges from the dressing room under the main stand flanked by a press officer. 

He is led quietly down a number of narrow, whitewashed corridors featuring framed pictures of rugby league players and one of Jon Bon Jovi, who have all performed at this multi-purpose venue. 

They follow laminated, blue and white signs which read 'Press this way' before entering an open-plan room with a muted television on the wall on which Sky Sports News is listing the day's results. 

Arsene Wenger still has the opportunity to finish his Arsenal career with Europa League glory

Arsene Wenger still has the opportunity to finish his Arsenal career with Europa League glory

Wenger inspects the pitch at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano ahead of the second leg

Wenger inspects the pitch at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano ahead of the second leg

It was a night of frustration at the Emirates last week as 10-man Atletico held Arsenal 1-1

It was a night of frustration at the Emirates last week as 10-man Atletico held Arsenal 1-1

Wenger takes a seat on the stage and then takes questions from the assembled media for the final time as Arsenal manager. It is an underwhelming end to an underwhelming campaign. 

As always, there is intellect and humour but, as one of the greatest figures the Premier League has seen heads out towards the waiting coach, signing autographs for the couple of fans who linger after every game as he goes, there is a nagging feeling of anti-climax. 

The coach crawls out of the car park, past the abandoned, overgrown driving range before turning in the direction of Barnsley and the M1. That, monsieur, is that.

Or… 11.30pm, May 16, 2018, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. 

Drenched in champagne, and with a medal glistening around his neck, Arsene Wenger strides into the press room at Lyon's modern home to flickering flashbulbs. 

Wenger reacts as Arsenal are beaten by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final

Wenger reacts as Arsenal are beaten by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final

Arsenal were minutes away from lifting the biggest trophy before Barcelona stormed back

Arsenal were minutes away from lifting the biggest trophy before Barcelona stormed back

Wenger's record in Europe 

1997-98 UEFA Cup - First round

1998-99 Champions League - Group stage

1999-2000 Champions League - Group stage

1999-2000 UEFA Cup - Runners-up

2000-01 Champions League - Quarter-finals

2001-02 Champions League - Second group stage

2002-03 Champions League - Second group stage

2003-04 Champions League - Quarter-finals

2004-05 Champions League - Last-16

2005-06 Champions League - Runners-up 

2006-07 Champions League - Last-16

2007-08 Champions League - Quarter-final

2008-09 Champions League - Semi-final

2009-10 Champions League - Quarter-final

2010-11 Champions League - Last-16

2011-12 Champions League - Last-16

2012-13 Champions League - Last-16

2013-14 Champions League - Last-16

2014-15 Champions League - Last-16

2015-16 Champions League - Last-16

2016-17 Champions League - Last-16

2017-18 Europa League - semi-final 

He looks weary – being tossed into the air four times by a group of giddy footballers is enough on its own to sap the energy - but a stunning penalty shootout victory over Marseille following a 3-3 draw in a Europa League Final for the ages probably has more to do with it. 

Wenger speaks warmly and with pride about 'the perfect end' to his era at Arsenal. There is emotion, there are tears, but above all else there is happiness.

Finally, the questions are over and the Frenchman lifts the trophy he has just won on home soil off the table as he departs. There is applause from those present. 

He heads back to the dressing room, where the celebrations are just getting started. 

After a carafe or two of a fine red, thoughts will turn to the open-top parade where Wenger will wave to his adoring public for the final time as

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