Ostersunds manager Graham Potter insists he would be a “fool” not to try and pick the brain of Arsene Wenger over the next week.
Arsenal travel to face Swedish side Ostersunds on Thursday with the hosts looking to continue their fairytale story which has seen them go from fourth-tier minnows to the surprise package of this season’s Europa League.
Graham Potter took charge of the club, formed a month after Arsene Wenger was appointed Arsenal boss in 1996, seven years ago and has not looked back.
“I would love to, of course,” he replied when asked if he will be looking to pick Wenger’s brain.
“I would be a fool not to. The experiences he has had and the things he has achieved, he is an inspiration so it would be foolish of me not to, if he would be so kind.”
Wenger has started to come under criticism once more as Arsenal’s push for a return to the Premier League top-four, and Champions League qualification, falters.
Graham Potter only sees Wenger as an inspiration.
“It is not an easy profession and after doing it at a low level for a number of years you realise that it is a challenge, being able to sustain that for so long,” he said.
“So the ones who have done it for so long I have the utmost respect for. I think it [criticism] is part of the game, part of the noise around football.
“It is not for me to tell Arsenal supporters what they can and can’t do and think and feel because they have every right.
“We all go into the profession knowing that is what it is, all I know is that from my perspective, I think we will look back on him and how he influenced English football and we will understand [his impact] a bit more in the future.
“When you talk about on a human level, to be able to stay at the top, to deal with the scrutiny, the setback, the pressure, the defeats, the criticism and still operate at the highest level, I have the utmost respect for him. He’s an inspiration for me.”