While Arteta may form part of Arsenal's future, the present sees the Gunners desperately trying to offer Wenger a fitting send-off.
Diego Simeone's men have been favourites for the tournament ever since they dropped down following their Champions League group stage exit but will face their toughest task yet with Arsenal looking to win a trophy in Arsene Wenger's final year in charge. I played my best football there and made my name in the game.
The 68-year-old Frenchman - who guided the Gunners to two domestic doubles and masterminded the 2004 "Invincibles", as well as winning a record seven FA Cups - will hand over the reins to a new manager after this season.
They (Arsenal) plat Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the UEFA second tier championship at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, April 26.
"I know we've had to go through some problems this season".
L'Equipe clearly haven't lost their Arsenal love after the Wenger announcement, and say: 'Enrique appreciates the philosophy of Arsenal and the values that this club conveys'.
"So I would rank him in the top five coaches in Europe".
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Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg will contest the other Europa League semi-final and the prospect of facing either club in the final will not have Gunners fans trembling. When you look at the career that Wenger's had, it's very hard to stay at this level because you're always competing and putting yourself on the line.
Simeone said: "No, I haven't spoken with anyone at Arsenal".
Wenger also admitted he will continue to work after leaving the Emirates even though he added he was not ready to commit to anything else at the moment.
"I don't want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique".
Mikel Arteta is among those in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and Aaron Ramsey believes a former team-mate will be a "fantastic manager".
Arsenal, have started their rebuild without sacrificing their current players, instead choosing to assimilate their new players on the go.