Former Super Eagles Captain And Arsenal Legend Kanu Nwankwo Hails Arsene Wenger

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In fact he's already been linked in reports to the north London club.

"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 we as a club will show Mr Wenger the respect that he deserves". The 98 team was wonderful. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

But the last of those league titles came in the unbeaten "Invincibles" season of 2003-04, and fans have grown increasingly restless with the failure to challenge for the Premier League crown in recent years.

Gazidis also backed Wenger to continue his career in football and suggested there could be a future role at Emirates Stadium for the Frenchman. Vieira became a star at Arsenal, helping the club win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. That said, Sunday's encounter with West Ham United at the Emirates may be perfectly timed for Gazidis and the Arsenal hierarchy as it will provide a stark reminder of how succession-planning can go badly wrong.

"I respect him for what a good football man he is".

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"It feels like the right time, and he will be remembered fondly at this club".

Daniel Farke came close to knocking Arsene Wenger out of the League Cup. Given unprecedented control over the team's personnel (at least as far as Arsenal was concerned), he cast aside the team's British provincialism raided the French league for players such as Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Theirry Henry and brought Marc Overmars over from Ajax, the Dutch power.

"In the race to be in the top four I don't know anyone who wants to lose at all, but maybe Arsene sees the Europa League as the priority".

"I adore Arsene Wenger, for his intellect, his language skill (knowing seven different languages is a feat!) and many more reasons", said the 29-year-old.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus, Germany coach Joachim Low and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira are among the names mentioned as possible replacements. In the two decades since, the Premier League has become, by some measures, the most commercially successful soccer league in the world. Indeed, Arsenal is owned by an American whose company also controls American sports teams including the Denver Nuggets of the N.B.A. and the Los Angeles Rams of the N.F.L.

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Former Arsenal captains Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, who both played under Wenger, described the coach as a "father figure".

Wenger signed Nwankwo from Inter Milan in February 1999.

"He was fine when we were talking about how the kids were doing, stuff like that", Wright told the BBC.

Wenger was virtually unknown to many fans when he arrived from Japan's Nagoya Grampus Eight to take charge at the old Highbury ground at a time when foreign managers were still a rarity.

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