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Wenger reaction: tributes pour in

Tributes have come in from across football for the Arsenal manager

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With his departure having been surprisingly announced this morning, the tributes have been pouring in. Many Premier League managers, including Pep Guardiola and forever arsehole Jose Mourinho, had their pre-match press conference today, and players and others have been to social media to voice their respect.

Guardiola’s tribute echoed many: that Mister Wenger changed the Premier League. Others, like David Moyes, Jurgen Klopp and Neil Warnock, paid tribute to staying 22 years at one club, and Paul Merson called for the Emirates to be renamed the Arsène Wenger Stadium.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger’s long competitor, said he was proud to “have been a colleague, a rival, and a friend to such a great man.”

From further afield, Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington and the Leader of the Labour Party, and an Arsenal fan, paid a glowing tribute:

As for players, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere all called Wenger “a father figure.” Héctor Bellerin said that it is “Personally a very sad day. I am forever in debt to this man.” Alex Iwobi echoed that sentiment. Per Mertesacker spoke to fairly soon after the news, and revealed that the players had only just been informed:

We have just been informed basically. It is quite emotional. Obviously he has been at the club for such a long time, he has been so supportive to me. One major reason why I’m here is because of him. It’s been emotional and there will be time to digest it but it is a sad feeling right now.

Mertesacker later left a video tribute on Twitter.

Sol speaks for all of us.

and now i’m gonna go cry