Arsene Wenger: What I’m hoping for Arsenal’s next manager

Arsene Wenger hopes that he has made a positive impact during his long spell at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is hoping that Arsenal’s next manager will be in a good position to eclipse his achievements at the north London club.

The Frenchman’s situation at The Emirates has been a source of speculation in recent months after he entered into the final year of his contract at the start of the season.

It remains to be seen whether Wenger will extend his stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the current campaign.

Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal since taking over at Highbury in 1996 and has overseen the club’s move to Emirates Stadium, as well as guiding the Gunners to three Premier League titles.

And Wenger hopes that he will have left the club in a better situation than when he found it when he does eventually move on.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Wenger said: “I like to think that the club today is at a different level to when I arrived and as well, when I leave, that I leave a good team with a strong financial resources and good structures at the club.

“My pride [would be] to see somebody come in and do better. At least he is in a position to do better. It is important I think for the legacy.

“For me the club is also about identity and values. The values are carried here by the manager because I have stayed here for a long time.

“I hope that these values, which are respected all over the world, will continue because it is based on respect, humility, togetherness – and also that the club moves forward.”

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Wenger is currently preparing his Arsenal side for their Premier League clash against Swansea City at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

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