Arsene Wenger says his successor will deliver something exceptional

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his successor will be in a "very good" position to deliver something exceptional thanks to his forward planning.

The 65-year-old, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in 2017, revealed in an interview with BBC Sport - and brought to our attention by ESPN - that he predicts Arsenal will enjoy much success after he leaves the Emirates Stadium.

The French coach, who played a significant role in Arsenal's move from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006, says he hopes to watch a quality team in action when he returns to the Emirates following his Gunners' exit.

Wenger makes prediction about his successor

"I want to leave the club in a strong and healthy position and that means with good players, with good youth behind and a strong financial position to go further up and develop more," Wenger told his former defender Martin Keown. "I will do that, you can believe me.

"The guy that comes in after me will be in a very good position to deliver something exceptional. I believe that the biggest quality at a top, top club is to maintain consistency in the results and I hope that when I've left someday and come back to the Emirates to watch a game, I will be very happy to see a quality team."

Arsenal hampered by stadium move

Because of the huge financial cost of the move to the Emirates, Arsenal were forced to operate on a limited budget compared to their Premier League rivals, which contributed towards their lack of success between 2005 and 2014.

But after nine years without a trophy, the Gunners finally ended their trophy drought last season, lifting the FA Cup after defeating Hull City in the final at Wembley last May.

Tonight they face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Old Trafford - and victory would see them installed as favourited to win world football's oldest cup competition for the second year in succession.

Arsenal are also on course to secure Champions League football for an 18th consecutive season - they currently sit third in the Premier League table - but qualification for the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition looks unlikely following last month's shock 3-1 defeat to AS Monaco.

Klopp is the best realistic option to replace Wenger

The Gunners' faithful have been divided on the issue of whether Wenger is still the right man for Arsenal for some time now.

Having been in charge of the north London outfit since 1996, there are many Arsenal fans who feel the club need to move on from Wenger in order to win trophies on a consistent basis once again.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is currently the favourite to replace Wenger; the German coach, despite his struggles this season, has proven his class as a top young coach during his spell at Signal Iduna Park.

Other names linked include Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, whose lack of coaching experience will almost certainly count against him when the time comes to make the big decision.

Providing he can turn things around at Dortmund and bow out on a high, Klopp - an innovate and passionate coach - appears to be the best realistic option to replace Wenger.

Arsenal fans: who should replace Wenger when he finally leaves the Emirates Stadium? Have your say in the comments below!

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