Shortly after 68-year-old Frenchman, Arsene Wenger, announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the season after 22 years with Arsenal FC, the English club he joined in 1996 from Nagoya Grampus Eight, celebrated Nigerian football legend, Kanu Nwankwo has penned down a tribute to him.
Kanu Nwankwo who shared a photo with Arsene Wenger as they posed together with his no.25 jersey in 1999 after he was signed from Inter-Milan on a record fee of £4.15 million, wrote;
‘Big shoes for anyone to fill, playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career, 2 premiership, 2 FA cups, The invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players, influencing millions of fans in Africa to support this great club are some of the memories that come to fore today but above all the privilege to have played for a gentleman like Wenger is most cherished. ? ? ? ? ‘
Arsene Wenger may not manage a club side again, but the opportunity of a national team job or a sporting director role attracts him. The Frenchman wants an immediate return to football after he steps down as Arsenal manager, Goal reported.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp also paid tribute to the exiting Arsenal manager, saying the Frenchman was considered a role model in Germany. He hailed Arsene Wenger as an “outstanding personality” and a “big role model” , after the veteran Arsenal boss announced he would stand down at the end of this season.
Liverpool manager Klopp believes Wenger’s legacy should stand untarnished.
“I heard it when I came in this morning. I was surprised but it’s his decision and we have to respect that,” he told a news conference ahead of the Reds’ trip to West Brom on Saturday.
“In football he has had a fantastic career. He is an outstanding personality. Just a really big player in a business where thing usually change overnight – he was there for so long.”