By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger has told the Daily Mail he hopes to leave a lasting legacy at Arsenal when he eventually leaves the club.
The Frenchman has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and has overseen huge success, including the reign of the ‘Invincibles.’
The club have won three Premier League titles, including the one which saw the side go a whole season unbeaten, as well as six FA Cup trophies.
During his time in charge, Arsenal have become one of the biggest clubs in the world, showcasing a vast fan group, financial stability and one of Europe’s most impressive stadiums.
Wenger’s contract is due to run out this summer and after yet another season where Arsenal fell short of winning the Premier League, there have been calls for a new manager.
However, the 66 year-old’s two-decade reign over Arsenal has been nothing short of exquisite and he hopes that when his predecessor does arrive, they treat the club with similar respect.
Wenger believes he has made the club better during his long stint as manager and spoke of the importance for the club’s traditions to be carried on.
“I’d 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 strong financial resources and good structures at the club,” said Wenger.
“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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