Keputusan Arsene Wenger untuk melepaskan jawatan beliau bersama Arsenal musim depan mendapat reaksi daripada pelbagai golongan masyarakat, baik daripada bekas pemain yang pernah bersama beliau satu ketika dulu ataupun bekas pemain Arsenal pada era sebelum kedatangan beliau ke Arsenal.

Wenger bukan sahaja terkenal dengan kecemerlangan dan kecekapan beliau dalam mengendalikan pasukan bolasepak mahupun dunia bolasepak itu sendiri, malahan beliau turut dikenang dan dihargai kerana sikap prihatin dan kemanusiaan beliau.

Legenda Arsenal, Bob Wilson tidak dapat menahan air mata beliau ketika bercakap kepada Radio 5 Live - BBC dimana beliau mencerita bagaimana Wenger telah banyak membantu keluarganya menghadapi saat-saat sukar ketika anak perempuan beliau yang kini telah pun meninggal dunia akibat penyakit kanser yang jarang terjadi pada tahun 1998.

Bob Wilson bekas penjaga gol Arsenl pada tahun 1963 hingga 1974. Kredit gambar : Daily Mirror
I was there on the day he arrived and he is without doubt one of the three greatest men I have ever met in my life. It is not just his football knowledge and the way he changed the game in this country but as a human being through difficult times for me and my wife. - Bob Wilson.

Berikut adalah kata-kata ucapan bekas pemain-pemain Arsenal dan juga mereka yang terlibat dalam dunia bolasepak.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Theo Walcott

Patrick Vieira

Phil Senderos

Serge Gnabry

Carl Jenkinson

Robin van Persie

Lukas Podolski

Lee Dixon

Gilberto Silva

Bacary Sagna

Cess Fabregas

Kata-kata pengurus pasukan lain:

Rafa Benitez . Kredit gambar: Sky Sports
"I like him and talk well of him. What he’s done is massive achievement," 

"I've been fighting with him for so many years but his behaviour is quite good and an example to everyone. Think it’s the last we’ll see if that longevity. So much impatience these days so clubs change. 

"You need a plan and an idea and he had that. He stuck with it for 22 years. I had a really good relationship with him. He didn’t mention it last weekend.said Benitez.

Sir Alex Ferguson.  Kredit gambar: Sky Sports

"I am really happy for Arsene Wenger," 

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

"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.

"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." said Ferguson.

Jurgen Klopp. Kredit gambar : Daily Mirror
"I am surprised. It is his decision. I respect that. He is an influence in football. Had a fantastic career. Outstanding personality. He was the dominating guy in mid 1990s, 2000s. It is different now because we have to challenge, but in Germany he was a big role model." - Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager.

Kata-kata mereka yang lain :

"If you look back through Arsenal's history, they have always gone long periods without league titles. This is the most successful period in Arsenal's history, the last 20 years.

"There won't be an Arsenal fan who looks back in 10 years time and doesn't look at it as a magical period under Arsene Wenger for what he achieved." - Gary Neville, Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain.

"He's the man who changed the whole face of the game.

"We owe him so much, yet have given him so much stick. In a way I'm glad he's going, I wouldn't want to see him get any more vitriol than he's had." - Neil Warnock, Cardiff City manager.

"If he's happy i'm happy. If he's sad, I'm sad. I always wish the best for my opponents. I always wish the best so that's the point - if he's happy with the decision he made, if he looks forward to the next chapter of his career then i'm happy for him." - Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager.

"First of all he had a great career. A fantastic career as a coach in France and England. He has spent about 20 years at Arsenal. He had great success and played predominantly attractive football. He was one of the top coaches in the European area.

"I think he might take over a managerial function. Becoming coach of another club - in present football business - I don't know if he wants it. No, I can't imagine that. And he doesn't need to. He really had a great career." - Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich manager.

"He deserves a great tribute for his career. It would be very difficult to see in the future another manager staying for such a long time at the same club. Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were a really good story for football. Now it will be very difficult to see that again, another situation like this." - Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager.

Sumber : Sky Sports

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