Still, the legendary manager can look back fondly on 22 years at Arsenal working with legends of the game such as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, who helped him to great success.
The game was Wenger's last after he announced he would leave the club at the end of his 22nd season in charge.
"I almost signed Ronaldo and I think that would have changed the history of Arsenal Football Club".
'It was important for us because it was the last game of the boss, ' he said.
Arsenal will again miss out on a place in the Champions League next season after they finished in sixth place in the table and were knocked out of the Europa League semi-final by Atletico Madrid.
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Yet it appears experienced candidates are not being considered, with sources close to Arsenal refusing to deny Arteta is at the top of their wanted list to replace Wenger.
[I would take] a project that is solid, which makes sense, which has the means to fulfil (sic) its ambitions too, because, well.at my age, I can't work over 20 years. I just want to wish this group of players well and the staff who are coming in.
A year later McVay was named Coach of Year by the Pro Football Writers of America after guiding Rams to their first play-off finals since 2004.
"So that's why I say yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal".
It's a courageous, new, exciting and uncertain world for Arsenal and Arsenal fans, but after complaints about all the old familiar failings, isn't that exactly what people wanted?
Handing one supporter his tie, Wenger basked in the warm glow of their applause for a few moments before disappearing into the sunlit evening.