Arsene Wenger is not a manager prone to reflecting on past glories, instead preferring to focus his attention on the future.
But as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Arsenal manager, he says the biggest change he has seen is how the Premier League has become truly global.
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"In 1996 every club was owned by English people and today it is world companies with world ownerships and interests"
“I like history but not especially my history, I'm more interested in what is in front of me and when you get older what is in front of you gets shorter so it is even more important,” Wenger said.
“It is always difficult to measure your own influence. I just tried to do what I do well and leave the judgement to other people - that is all you can do.
“I believe it was an exciting period [when I arrived at Arsenal] because English football moved in that period, around 1996.
“If I give you the wages of my best players in 1996 and what they are today you see the evolution – it is not because of the money but because of how big the game has become worldwide.
“It was an English game with English owners everywhere - in 1996 every club was owned by English people and today it is world companies with world ownerships and interests.”
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