Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger believes his legacy will help the club and his successor thrive once he's left

The Frenchman believes he has established strong foundations to help drive the club forward under the guidance of a future replacement

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Arsene Wenger believes he has helped take Arsenal to a 'new level' during his time as manager and, as a result, has provided his successor with a strong platform to guide the club to further success.

Wenger recently celebrated 20 years at the club, during which time he has helped to redesign both Arsenal football club and the nature of the sport itself.

During his two decades in north London, Wenger has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups and oversaw the club’s “vital” move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.

With his current contract coming to an end next summer, there has been talk of the 66-year-old finally parting ways with the club.

But Wenger has few concerns about moving on and believes his successor will thrive upon the legacy he leaves behind.

 “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,” he told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Wenger also revealed how he’s influenced the club throughout his time in charge.

“I always felt that as a manager you have an influence on three levels,” the Frenchman said. 

“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.”

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