Always encouraged Arsenal to organise tours to India, says Arsene Wenger

"I hope that will be concluded very quickly and he can go to the World Cup with England and win the World Cup".

Huddersfield boss David Wagner made a special presentation on behalf of the West Yorkshire club in the tunnel before kick-off, with the players forming a guard of honour as Wenger emerged onto the pitch one last time.

Arsenal have finished the season in sixth on 63 points, the lowest haul in the Wenger era, and will again be plying their trade in the Europa League next term, but Wenger is confident the future is bright for his successor.

"We need two or three additions and after that I believe that the club will compete for the Premier League". "It is going to be odd without him next season but he has been brilliant and we will forever be thankful", he added.

Wenger would have liked the announcement of his departure to have been delayed until the end of the season to avoid all the attention. If he decides to move because he has this option I will not say: "You don't have to go".

Now, north London rivals Spurs could be in the same predicament next season as they move into their brand new stadium on the White Hart Lane site, according to Wenger.

With 22 minutes on the clock the entire stadium rose to acclaim Wenger to mark his 22 years in charge.

As the eulogies continue to pour in for the Frenchman, his greatest signing and Arsenal's record goalscorer has discussed his first memories of the manager.

He engaged in long-running feuds with Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, while battling several bosses in touchline rows that turned physical.

"It will be soon because it is a way for other clubs to fight against the Premier League", Wenger said. "And now, you look at the modern development, India is really booming". I had many offers. The fact that I managed to keep control of my emotions and my reactions helped me a lot to do my job.

"Taking Arsenal to a different level from all this year, dedicating his life and not only his job, time at the club but all his life for this unbelievable club and he's the kind of person that will be missed in football but I hope he is still somehow in the game".

Vanessa Coleman