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What Mourinho, Klopp, Guardiola, Sir Alex and others have said about Arsene Wenger will melt your heart

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It’s been almost a week since Wenger announced that he is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. This took English Football by shock and players, managers and pundits have congratulated Wenger for his service at Arsenal.

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Here we take a look at what few managers had to say about Wenger:

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1. Sir Alex Ferguson

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Ferguson–Wenger rivalry was one of the defining rivalries in English Football.

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Sir Alex Ferguson expressed that he was happy for Arsene Wenger on his long career. Sir Alex told ManUtd.com:

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“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger,”

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“I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.”

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

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“In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.”

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

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Santi Cazorla all set for a return before the end of the season despite it being too late for him

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2. Jose Mourinho

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One of Wenger’s nemesis during his time at the Premier League. The clash of London clubs were the most sought after English affairs in the Premier League.

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Wenger recently expressed that his relationship between him and Jose was tense, but they had each other’s respect because of their sufferings.

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Mourinho also paid tribute to his departing fellow rival and he hoped that Arsene Wenger didn’t retire from football.

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“If he’s happy I’m happy, if he’s sad, I’m sad.”

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“I always wish the best for my opponents, I always wish the best, so for me that’s the point, if he’s happy with the decision he makes and looks forward to the next chapter of his career and his life I’m really happy for him.”

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“I’m pretty sure we as a club – especially because Mr. Wenger and Arsenal were for many, many years the biggest rivals of Sir Alex’s era, I’m pretty sure that we as a club will show Mr. Wenger the respect he deserves.”

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“I hope he doesn’t retire from football.”

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3. Pep Guardiola

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Guardiola was all praise for Arsene and what he has done for English Football. He stated how difficult it was to face him over the years and hoped that he continues his services to the game in the future. He said:

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“All my respect for what he has done. The Premier League is about huge personalities like Arsene. It is because of what he has done – his vision, his respect for football.”

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“I wish him all the best in the future. I hope he can be involved in world football in a different way with his experience- Arsenal, Uefa, Fifa I don’t know.”

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“It was a pleasure to compete against him here, at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”

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“It’s difficult- Sir Alex Ferguson did it at United, but it’s so complicated. Social media, opinions, you feel pressure because staying in the Premier League is so important.”

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4. Antonio Conte

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The Italian congratulated Arsene for his influence on the game and praised his creative offensive play. Conte said:

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“He and [Sir Alex] Ferguson, we are talking about the last two managers to stay for such long time at a club. Twenty two years for Arsenal, it is great. It is fantastic and a fantastic story. He won a lot with the club and for that reason he deserves a great tribute.”

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“As a manager he had a great influence on football. He tried to play good football, play creative football and offensive football. He deserves a great tribute.”

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“He deserves great respect. Not only Arsenal support but the whole world of football. We are talking about one of the best managers in the world.”

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5. Jurgen Klopp

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He expressed that he was surprised to hear the announcement. (You are not alone Klopp)

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“First of all, I was surprised but we have to respect his decision. He was, and still is, an influencer in football.”

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“He has had an outstanding career, an outstanding personality, a big player in the business.”

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The German praised him for his longevity and how he looked up to him as a role model.

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“How many years has he been there, 22? That’s long. He always developed teams, fantastic players, his teams played wonderful football.”

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“I admired these teams. From Germany, he was always a big role model. It will be different without him.”

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6. David Moyes

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David Moyes was quoted as saying:

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“He’s been a great competitor, a terrific manager who has graced the Premier League for many years.”

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“He’s a proper football man who lives and breathes it. To do 22 years is an incredible achievement.”

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7. Rafa Benitez

The Newcastle United manager said on Wenger:

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“To do things in the way that he has done and win the way he was winning, for so many years, we are talking about one of the best managers in football history.”

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8. Paul Lambert

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Here is what Stoke City manager Paul Lambert had to say on Wenger:

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“I think he’s been an incredible manager. I think the criticism he’s withstood has been incredibly harsh.”

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“He’s built a lot of sides, he’s made a lot of careers. For the Premier League I think he’s been fabulous.”

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9. Unai Emery

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Emery tweeted how Arsenal and Arsene were all the same and it is difficult to imagine Arsenal without Arsene Wenger.

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“Impossible to talk about @Arsenal, the @premierleague and the profession of coach without mentioning Arsène Wenger, one of the references probably. Thank you Arsène!”

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10. Mark Hughes

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The Southampton manger who had a fallout with Wenger in the earlier season came up praising Wenger for his achievements and what he has done for the club.

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“He has been a huge influence on the game in this country and deserves his place in history. At the outset he was ahead of everyone and we have had to catch up.”

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“I would imagine it will be a massive wrench for him to leave the role but I’m sure Arsenal have things in place to ensure he is still part of the fabric.”

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He wished him well for the future. Hughes added:

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“I’ve had more time in the Premier League than most so our paths crossed on numerous occasions. It was all sunshine and light – we had a couple of run-ins but other times we were civil and respectful of each other’s efforts.”

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“We had a good conversation a couple of weeks ago when we played at the Emirates. He seemed very relaxed and chilled and maybe he understood that the announcement would be made but he looked in good form and seemed happy with his own personal circumstances that day.”

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“Maybe that was because he knew what is coming. I wish him well.”

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11. Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche congratulated Wenger for his 22 long years and praised his concern towards the Dressing room and the interest he showed towards player’s fitness and diet.

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“He is a legend of the game – the work that he’s done will be remembered.”

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“Some things that now seem normal and simple weren’t at the time. Hydration in football sounds a simple thing but was not taken to a high level. Making sure the food they were eating was correct. Their health and well-being.”

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“For youngish managers like myself there are not enough good words you can use for what he’s done.”

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