Arsene Wenger on Thursday held his last press conference as Arsenal manager. The 68-year-old was his usual lively self at the conference as he gave the journalists an expose into his time as Gunners boss.
The Frenchman, who has done 22 years at the club, urged his replacement to ”give his best and respect the values of the club”. He also said it was important for him to “bring his ideas, a different way to see the game. That is a chance for the players to see something different.”
Wenger reminisced on his first press conference as Arsenal manager saying his English was poor at the time and everyone doubted his ability to handle the job. He expressed satisfaction at his achievement at the club. He praised the impact of the Premier League on the country’s economy saying Arsenal had 700 workers on its pay roll.
He however said he did his toughest job from 2006 to 2015, when the club failed to win a single silverware.
”Personally I would say from 2006 to 2015 was certainly a period where I needed to be the strongest and did the best job. I think I did my best job during this period, not the most glamorous but the most difficult,” he said.
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Wenger admonished the players to win the next game to give them a positive mind going into next season.
“I will say to the players the best way to prepare the future is win the next game and go into a positive mind into next season.”
He told the journalists that he always fixed press conferences for 8am because he knew most of them could not meet the time.
“I like that you have to get up early because no-one likes to get up early in the press. I know if you start early not everyone will turn up so it will be a bit easier for me,” he said.
He took pictures with all present and shook hands before leaving the hall.
Wenger will oversee his final game as Gunners boss on Sunday against Huddersfield Town.