Exclusive Arsène Wenger interview

Exclusive Arsène Wenger interview

Now that he can sit in the Emirates Stadium stands and be a supporter of Arsenal Football Club rather than Arsenal's manager, Arsène Wenger is delighted that the progress Arsenal made thanks to his 22 years of devotion is continuing under the current regime.

Arsenal legendary manager’s place in history was already assured thanks to the three league titles and seven FA Cups he claimed, but now it is truly set in stone - or rather bronze - after he was immortalised with a statue outside the stadium.

Sitting back in Arsenal iconic north London home his success and stability helped to build, he admits that when he looks at the upward trajectory Arsenal are currently enjoying on and off the field, he is filled with satisfaction and pride that the foundations he created continue to be used as the blueprint for success by familiar faces he has complete trust in.

“I worked for this club when I had the experience and capacity to look at the bigger picture,” he said after visiting his statue for the first time. “Many times I said I want to work and prepare this club to go even higher up after me, and I wish every day that happens now.

“I feel that the effort and the suffering was worth it. Now the club is in good hands; It’s in the hands of two ex-players in Mikel Arteta and Edu; I bought Edu when he was at Corinthians and Mikel Arteta from Everton, and they are guiding the club well. I can look at it in a relaxed way!

“I feel that Mikel is doing well, making the right decisions, and having an organised team who, for me, can now challenge for the championship. We did it last year, let’s get over the line this year.
“I’m confident because last year with eight games to go, I always felt we would do it. We invested again a lot this year and strengthened the squad well, so overall I’m very happy with the three signings. We have all the tools to do well and to challenge for the championship.”