Arsene Wenger Reflects on Arsenal Legacy: 'I Like to Think the Club Today Is at a Different Level'

Published on: 10 October 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reflected on the legacy he will leave at the Gunners as talk of when the Frenchman, out of contract at the end of the season, might finally decide to call time on his illustrious career with the club.

Wenger recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as Arsenal boss and can easily now rub shoulders with Herbert Chapman, Gunners legend and genuine pioneer of the 1920s and 1930s, for the impact he has made in the red half of north London.

"I always felt that as a manager you have an influence on three levels,� Wenger told

"One, on the individual careers of the players - you are not successful with every player. Two, on the style of play and the results of the team. Three, on the structure of the club.

"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."

Not only has Wenger delivered three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two domestic doubles and unbeaten season, he has changed the culture at Arsenal for the better, both on and off the pitch.

He's overhauled things like training and diet, and the new stadium, even down to the small details such as the design of the changing rooms has his name and input all over it.

Whether it's at the end of this season or one or two more years down the line, replacing Wenger will be a near impossible task. The man himself simply says that he wants to see the next person be able to do even more and take the club onto another level and the values remain.

"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," he explained.

"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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