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Former Gunner Ray Parlour has hailed Arsene Wenger’s achievements at Arsenal.
Wenger is currently celebrating his 20 years anniversary at the club and Parlour has praised his former manager.
The former midfielder who was a member of the Gunners’ squad when Wenger resumed as Manager in 1996 claims the boss made an impact immediately he joined the club
Wenger has become the greatest manager in the club’s history within the two decades he has spent in the club, he has managed many great players and Parlour has revealed it was a pleasure working with the French man.
“I didn’t even know who he was!” Parlour told Standard Sport. I used to say to the older lads ‘who’s Arsene Wenger, I don’t really know who he is’.
“We had great players but the methods he put in place, the way he treated people, he was a real pleasure to work with every day. People don’t see it but he had a real humorous side to him, we had a lot of fun away from the training pitch.
“From the outset buying Patrick Viera and Nicolas Anelka was fantastic, particularly selling Anelka and paying for a training ground and Thierry Henry.
“I’m sure he’d agree he had a bit of luck – he had the best back five around when he arrived at Arsenal. He had a real nucleus of top quality defenders but he made us a bit more attack minded with Emmanuel Petit, Vieira, Marc Overmars.
“He took the squad up to another level; it was a superb season 1997/98. The atmosphere of the squad, the games, the fans away and at home. It was exciting. And that Tony Adams goal against Everton was the best I’ve seen. It summed up the whole season. Who would have thought Steve Bould would be setting up Tony Adams?”
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign but is yet to indicate whether he will sign a new deal at the club or not.
The club chiefs want the French man remain in charge of the team beyond the current campaign and have offered him a new deal but Wenger won’t make a decision on his future until the end of the season.
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