Ferguson, Kanu, Van Persie hail ‘great’ Wenger


Tributes and encomiums have been pouring in since Arsene Wenger announced that he will quit as the manager of Arsenal at the end of the season.

He made his intention known in a press statement on Friday.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger’s longtime rival, has described the Frenchman as “one of the greatest Premier League managers”.

The Frenchman has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996.

“I am pleased he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.

“He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.

“It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves.”

Nigerian football legend Kanu Nwankwo, who joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1999, described Wenger’s exit from the club as a big vacuum.

The 1996 Olympic gold medallist took to his Instagram page to pay a glowing tribute to Wenger.

Robin Van Persie, former Arsenal striker, also thanked Wenger for his faith in him during his time at the club.

Former England and Manchester United midfielder Gary Neville said Wenger built the best teams he played against in English football.

Gary Lineker, a Tottenham Hotspur legend, also paid tribute to the Frenchman.

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