Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has used his final pre-match press conference to offer advice to his successor.
Speaking on Thursday at his final press conference, Wenger urged his successor to maintain the club’s values and to respect what he has built during his 22 years in north London.
Wenger told reporters ahead of his last game in charge, the weekend’s trip to Huddersfield Town: “I would like [my successor] to bring his own ideas. It’s a chance for the players to see something different.
“But on the other hand I would say respect what has been built here.”
Wenger admits he is still coming to terms with his decision to step down at the end of the season, and believes he has laid solid foundations for his successor to build upon once Arsenal appoint their new manager.
“It is difficult because this is my life. We have 20,000 trees outside [the club’s London Colney training ground]. I saw everyone one of them when they were [small], now they are massive,” he said.
“I will greet every one of them before I leave. This is my life, I don’t know anything else.
“It will be difficult but on the other hand I leave a club where I can be proud of what is behind me. It has fantastic structure, fantastic conditions for the next manager.
Arsenal are yet to announce who will replace Wenger at the helm, with the leading candidates said to be Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.