Wenger's last-ever Arsenal programme notes began by talking about the painful European defeat in Madrid, which confirmed his haul of major trophies with the club - three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups - would end at 10.
Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Joachim Low, Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira, Leonardo Jardim, Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta and Julian Nagelsmann have all been linked with Arsenal.
Wenger also called on Arsenal's following to get behind a "special" group of players that he will leave behind for his replacement.
It's small gestures like that which create memories for young people and it was the ideal way for Wenger to kiss goodbye to his supporters of 22 years. It's not my decision, I'm nothing to do with that. That means this is more than just watching football, it's a way of life. "And with the right additions this team will challenge next year". "I know that's not easy but, above all, I am like you, I am an Arsenal fan", Wenger said a post-match presentation on the Emirates turf.
"But as well it's a day where the people that come behind me can work in good conditions". Will I be free on the days Arsenal plays?
Arsenal have missed out on a top-four finish for the second season running, meaning that the next manager who takes charge at The Emirates will once again have to settle for a campaign without Champions League football. If you have one, it would be fantastic.
And Wenger has promised to return to the stadium he helped build, saying: 'I would be happy to sit in the North Bank. "Thank you all for having such an important part of my life, thank you all, well done, bye bye". "Sometimes, to make people happy is to go somewhere else". "My ambition was always to win with style", added Wenger. So I can only say, 'my friend, you have been very lucky.'.
"On the other hand, I have to think, I will cherish every minute I had here, but as well it is a new start for me".