It was Tottenham's day though and as the final whistle sounded to confirm their highest top flight finish for 54 years, thousands of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate, delaying a post-match ceremony featuring numerous club legends.
"Tottenham were a team at the maximum of their potential, with all players, with all the motivation to win the last match at home", he said.
"After 2-0 we were brought some balance to the team because we put players in the right positions, the team imp a lot, we had 2-1, could have had 2-2".
Arsenal's late surge had put Juergen Klopp's side under huge pressure but they responded in style and will definitely finish in the top-four if they beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day of the season next Sunday.
"I'm proud of all my team-mates and just happy for all the staff and the fans". Our crowd have always been good - even in the Champions League when we played at Wembley the crowd were fantastic. I have been coming to the Lane for over 50 years and many of you for much longer.
Demolition work at the Lane, Spurs' home since 1899, will start on Monday, with Mauricio Pochettino's side playing at Wembley next season before moving into their new ground, which is being built on the same site, in 2018.
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"We've secured second spot with two games left and we can go out and enjoy it now. The Lane has been home to some of the most incredible moments in the history of not just our club but in the history of football".
We had one marvellous year in my time there - 1986-87 when we reached the FA Cup final and finished third - that people still ask me about when I go back to the Lane.
The 2-1 victory over Jose Mourinho's men was the last game to be played before the club move into the new 61,559-capacity arena next door.
"After that we controlled the game and took our chances. I'd like to thank every one of you for one of the best times in my football career", he said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
He also explained that the team are "sad and disappointed that Chelsea won the league" but he also believes "there is nothing to regret" and that "we will be proud of our achievements and we fought for the Premier League".
United nearly equalised 12 minutes later but Rooney's header from a corner went just over the bar.
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