Chapman led Huddersfield to two successive league titles in the 1920s before repeating the feat at Arsenal, who went on to dominate English football in the 1930s.
"The next evolution? Maybe I will see you in a few years and you will certainly have a European league over the weekends", Wenger said (via The Guardian).
"Herbert Chapman came from here". Speaking in an interview uploaded on the official Facebook page of Arsenal Football Club, the French manager said that he regrets never visiting the country in his life.
"Chapman smiled at me as he was on the photo just outside the dressing room".
Since then, the Europa League tie with Atletico Madrid was lost 2-1 on aggregate while the club continue without an away league point in 2018 following defeats at Manchester United and Leicester.
Here's the roll-call for those we officially know will be leaving for pastures new - and a selection of others who could be turning out for their current Premier League clubs for one last time.
"I enjoyed some aspects of it, yes - and not all", Wenger said during his final pre-match press conference at Arsenal's training base on Thursday. That's what the players keep - and the values of the club - that they realise when they go somewhere else.
Arsenal travel to the John Smith's Stadium knowing they will finish sixth in the Premier League, the lowest ever position under Wenger, as the 68-year-old departs. But as well I would say to respect what has been built here and what people care about. That's a good return from people who love football here.
"I am in a job where you learn to control your emotions".
Then, after 22 minutes, the entire stadium rose as one to applaud Wenger - marking the length of his reign - with chants of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" also springing up throughout pockets of the home support as well as the entire away end. A domestic league will play Tuesday-Wednesday.