The end of Highbury is close but the extent of Arsène Wenger's ambition just goes on and on.

In his final Premiership press conference of the season, the Frenchman was asked about his future plans. He spoke of creating a dynasty at Arsenal and his inspiration was a very significant figure in the history of the Club.

"I don't know what I do for the future yet," he said. "But we close Highbury on Sunday and I would never have thought when I arrived nine-and-a-half years ago I would do that. I didn't think I would stay as long as that and didn't think we'd need a new stadium.

"I would like to still create a dynasty here. I want to take further steps forward with a European [style] academy including a mix of Europe's and England's best players. There's still a lot to do to take this club forward."

Wenger's period in charge has seen a quantum leap for the Club. By the start of next season, he will have helped bring about a new stadium, a new training ground, complete overhaul of the youth development system, total about-turn in Arsenal's playing style, seven trophies and, just maybe, the biggest club prize in Europe.

He is a true innovator, just like the man who inspires him every time he enters the Marble Halls.

"When I walk into Highbury, I see Herbert Chapman's bust," said Wenger. "He was not just a guy who wanted to win games but he had a vision for the Club. What remains afterwards was not only the success he brought but the legacy he left for the Club. I have a big respect for him.

"But I don't want a bust because Chapman is Chapman and I'm Arsène Wenger."

For once, the current Arsenal manager may find himself at odds with his own supporters on that last point.

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