Arsène Wenger was touched by the appearances of David Danskin’s great-grandchildren at the 125th anniversary celebrations.

Two of the Club legend’s young relatives delivered the match ball for Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Everton at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal celebrated another milestone.

Wenger believes the recognition for Danskin, a founder member of the Club, was an appropriate way to round off the day’s events.

“The children that took out the match ball [were my highlight] - the family of a person who has created a club, you think forever you can be grateful for this idea,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.

“On the other hand, you think if someone creates an idea that survives so long at such a high level it is something fantastic and I found that symbol absolutely great.

“What I like at Arsenal is what we find hard in modern society. We always move forward but the price we pay is to lose a bit of tradition.

“Arsenal manage fantastically well to respect history and tradition because there is a lot to learn from history, and the club is brave enough to move forward. I like that.

“The Chapman statue was there at a completely new stadium, it shows you honour people in the past and also move forward. To do this right is not easy, but on the day we have shown that Arsenal can do that.”

This interview with the boss first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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28 Dec 2011