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The Frenchman who has been at the helm for 22 years at Arsenal, and is only reluctantly walking off into the sunset at the end of a tempestuous season, made his point in a knockabout press conference at London Colney ahead of entertaining Atletico Madrid at the Emirates on Thursday.

Since Diego Simeone took charge seven years ago, Atletico have reached five European semi-finals, and have only been eliminated by bitter rivals Real Madrid for the past four seasons in the Champions League.

"I've already spoken to Vic, he knows".

Diego Simeone's side are obviously the favourites for the competition but Wenger will be aiming to guide the club to European success which would, in turn, assure them a spot in next season's Champions League.

He also refused to answer rumours of former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique replacing him.

Wenger has said that he wants to remain in management after leaving Arsenal, but has not specified whether that means at club level or global.

Asked about the latter, Wenger said: "I don't want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique".

He told reporters on Wednesday that his failure to win the Champions League in 2006 is a "biggest regret". "At the moment I'm just focused on that".

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"I honestly don't know what I will do".

"I see myself as a young coach and I want to observe and learn from him". The new continental structure with Raul [Sanllehi], Sven [Mislintat] and Huss [Fahmy] is where most clubs are going, but could Wenger work in that?

"Is there a ideal goodbye? I wish to make it clear the timing of the announcement was right", Wenger said.

"This group of players deserve something special".

"My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have".

The Spain global always seemed to be able to rile the Arsenal defence and was directly involved in red cards issued to Gabriel and Per Mertesacker during separate clashes between the teams.

Costa was responsible for Arsenal's downfall again when the two sides met at the Emirates Stadium later that season, forcing Per Mertesacker to make the last-man challenge which earned him a straight red card before dispatching the winning goal from Branislav Ivanovic's cross.

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