Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger picks manager who should succeed Mikel Arteta

Arsenal hero Arsene Wenger would love to see Thierry Henry succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates. The Frenchman is also optimistic about the season ahead for the Gunners after seeing the changes the Spaniard has made at the club.

The Gunners have started the season well and have won three of their four matches so far.

Wenger believes Arsenal can finish in the top four or even challenge for the title if things go their way.

His former side return to action on Saturday with a tough match against Manchester City though.

Wenger told The Guardian: “I think there is a good team spirit and they have a good chance to do well.

“I believe it will not be very difficult to improve on the number of points they got last season.

“But I’m convinced Arsenal can be in the top four, if not more. Why not more?”

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Wenger was also quizzed on who he would like to be a manager at Arsenal in the future.

Club legend Henry was mentioned and Wenger was strong in his response.

He added: “Well, I wish.

“I hope that Thierry Henry is successful in his career as a manager, and if he’s successful as a manager he might one day come back to Arsenal.

“But I especially wish that we go back to win the championship before that happens.

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“For example, now we have Mikel Arteta in charge, why should we not do it? A club is about identity.

“Identity is about values and values are about the people who carry these values. And so it’s important there is a continuity on that front for me.”

Wenger believes Henry would be perfect in keeping the identity at the club either alongside Arteta or when the Spaniard leaves.

Jose Mourinho asked Wenger whether he’d ever considered taking a CEO or director of football role at Arsenal.

And Wenger replied to the Tottenham boss by saying: “No, I would have considered being on the board at Arsenal as an adviser.

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“I believe that honestly there is a deficit of knowledge in the big clubs of top, top-level competition and games of top-level sport.

“And I believe we have seen recently that there are many ways to be successful in football.

“For example, there’s the Bayern [Munich] way, where the whole success and continuity relies on people who know the values of the club, and they transfer that from generation to generation: Beckenbauer, Hoeness, Rummenigge.

“Or there are models in England of quick money and quick success.

“Both can work. I like the fact that a club is first an identity and has knowledge that is transferred from generation to generation. So that’s why I saw things that way.”

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