He had also enquired about the forward's availability in January in efforts to land him in exchange for Alexis Sanchez but saw his attempts rebuffed.
He said: "It was very nice and classy".
Manchester United narrowly came through their Premier League clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford, although it was not in the manner that they would have hoped.
Their performance against Arsenal only emphasises that point.
"Certainly, my successor will watch this game today and hopefully he will come to a positive conclusion for the players because I think for them it is (a case of) can they be part of the future of Arsenal Football Club?"
Shortly after the hour both managers made changes, Wenger bringing on Danny Welbeck for Nelson and Nacho Monreal for Sead Kolasinac, who had taken a knock, and Lingard and Ander Herrera making way for Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini for United. "Next year, someone else will be in the dug-out and it will be a hostile environment again".More news: Male Cosby juror says conviction was cinched by Quaaludes, not Me Too
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he wants Marouane Fellaini to stay amidst reports of the player leaving the club for free this summer.
I have worked at the top level for 35 years without any interruption, I think I'm the only one in the world who's done that.
"We are nearly there but I can't celebrate because nearly is not enough", said Mourinho. "I want to have a glass of red wine with Sir Alex because it is always good wine".
Arsenal then began to retreat as United enjoyed the majority of the second half possession in the opposing, turning the screw without actually creating many clear-cut chances of note.
"However, in the last 20 minutes we showed that we wanted to win".
"The flawless season would have been the league - we didn't manage that. I only played Mr Wenger three or four times as United manager".
Yet though the victory put United in pole position for a second-place finish, with 77 points with three games remaining, Romelu Lukaku's foot injury in the second half is of concern with the FA Cup final on May 19th.