'One of the greatest', Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to departing Wenger

'One of the greatest', Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to departing Wenger

"Arsène spoke for 50 minutes, and we were spellbound", recalled one journalist. He wants us to win it for us, and that just shows you the type of man that he is.

"I think we've got to be open-minded and also fearless in the decision". Yes, Wenger lost a step or two these past few years but that shouldn't tarnish the accomplishments he has done as Arsenal manager. It's not really something that you talk about as players. The same goes for Leonardo Jardim who, much like Wenger, has made his name at Monaco. Now, all we can do is put our focus into winning something.

Meanwhile, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker hailed Wenger's longevity when he wrote: "Arsene Wenger is to leave @Arsenal at the end of the season". Arsenal 4:0 Aston Villa.

"That did not betoken an Arsenal revival because the FA Cup is not what it once was". I build a team, and we compensate by creating a style of play, by creating a culture at the club because the boy comes in at 16 or 17 and when they go out they have a supplement of soul, of love for the club, because they have been educated together.

Wenger will be keen to sign off his spell at Arsenal by accomplishing something he's yet to achieve in his time at the club-winning a European trophy. "I wish him well".

Others, however, feel Wenger has been used as a scapegoat for recent Arsenal seasons and is paying the ultimate price.

"He's been the major figure for this club for over 20 years".

At the age of 68 Wenger still believes he has more to give and a manager of his experience and skill will surely be in demand around the world.

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Mesut Ozil was rested against Newcastle and he was sorely missed so I think he could come in on Sunday with youngster Joe Willock dropping out following his full league debut.

A World Cup victor, Loew has resisted the temptation to swap worldwide football for the rigours of day-to-day club management and is under contract with the German federation until 2020.

Arsene Wenger certainly did it his way at Arsenal, but his reign at the club is drawing to a close. In accordance with Arsenal values and our respect for this man, we haven't had any discussions around that.

Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke paid tribute to a man of "unparallelled class", with the club saying a successor would be found "as soon as possible".

The former Red Devils coach said he was pleased that Wenger made the announcement at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves. Asked earlier this week whether club icon and current New York City manager Patrick Vieira could succeed him, Wenger said: "He's a guy who has the potential one day, yes".

Josh Chester said: "I have mixed feelings on Wenger's departure - he was done a bit of injustice by the board and he takes the stick for most of it".

"The football club is in a very different place than it was 22 years ago and it's unthinkable to me we will have another manager in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal, who will be 22 years in tenure and have the kind of run of consistent success Arsene had over those years".

Ex-Manchester United and England worldwide Gary Neville wrote on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English Football.The 98 team was incredible".