Arsene Wenger spoke about his 20 years in charge of Arsenal in his press conference ahead of Hull and insisted all he can do is his best for the next manager.
Despite what many fans and the media argue, Wenger only ever had the best interests of the club at heart. The reason for most of his penny-pinching over the years is to secure a future for Arsenal, rather than immediate glory. He’s built a club for tomorrow, not the present. Except now, gradually, tomorrow is turning into today.
When Wenger does eventually step down, the next manager will have the privilege of stepping into a club with plenty of money in the bank and a decent squad already put together.
“I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time,” the boss said.
“On the other hand, I work seven days a week with full commitment. I’m not part time and since I have been here I have given full commitment and that is all I can do.
“I always have the same pressure, which is the same pressure I apply to myself.
“After that, people talk and you have more people talking than 20 years ago and more opinions. That doesn’t change the pressure. The real pressure comes from your desire to win the next game and that is the only one that matters really.
“I do my job and one day someone will replace me. That is part of life and as long as you have done well and given your best [that is what matters].
“That is what I try to do. I try to do my best and leave this club in the best shape so the guy coming after me will have good potential to work with.”
I sincerely hope Wenger knows we do appreciate everything he’s done and if this season we do say goodbye, I hope it’s on a high.