The French manager will celebrate his official 20-year anniversary in charge of the North London club on Sunday.
He explained how money has taken over the English in recent years: "I think the average wage [in 1996] was around £200,000 a year.
"I believe it was an exciting period because English football moved in that period, around 1996.
"If I give you the wages of my best players in '96 and what they are on today you will see the evolution. It is not because of the money but because of how big the game has become worldwide.
"It was an English game back then with English owners everywhere. In 1996 every club was owned by English people.
"Today it is world companies with world ownerships and interests."