Arsene Wenger's Arsenal departure 'depressing and sad for me' - Alex Iwobi

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has told ESPN FC that the impending departure of manager Arsene Wenger is "a bit depressing and a bit sad for me."

Wenger is preparing to leave the Gunners after 21 years and has said he will take at least a month off after the season to reflect on his future.

And Iwobi said the players, chasing a place in the Europa League final when they travel to Atletico Madrid later this week, wanted to give their long-serving manager the best possible farewell.

"It's a bit depressing and a bit sad for me -- he has done a lot for me in a short time in my career," he said of Wenger's departure.

"We're going to try and give him the right send-off he deserves and end the season on a high and do our best for him."

But Iwobi added that he was looking forward to working with whoever the next Gunners manager turned out to be.

"It's exciting times -- we'll have to wait until after the World Cup to actually meet him," he added.

"So it's exciting, but it's also sad times that Wenger is going."