Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool's Champions League triumph under Jurgen Klopp is typical of the club and the city.

The Reds claimed their sixth success in Europe's premier competition by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday – Divock Origi's late goal sealing glory after Mohamed Salah established a second-minute lead from the penalty spot.

Liverpool needed an improbable semi-final comeback against Barcelona to earn their shot at glory and former Arsenal boss Wenger marvelled at what they achieved this season.

"Liverpool is the city of the music, of the working class and of football. We have seen an example tonight that it goes all well together," he told beIN Sports while working as a pundit alongside Jose Mourinho.

"For everybody who has managed in England, we know Liverpool is a special place for football and that is why they can always make miracles."

Liverpool also reached last season's final, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

While Wenger felt a scrappy encounter with Spurs showed how Jurgen Klopp's team can improve in technical terms, he believes they arguably have even more valuable qualities that must be preserved under their inspirational manager.

"Sometimes you are in a position with a team where you want to improve the team but without destroying your strong points," he said.

"They need maybe, to dominate European football, to improve the technical level, But as well they might lose what is their strength at the moment – that solidarity, their fighting spirit.

"In our jobs we know we need to improve the team but then, by improving one aspect, you destroy what made you win."

Cesc Fabregas described Jose Antonio Reyes as "one of the great talents in football" in an emotional tribute to his former Arsenal and Spain team-mate, who was killed in a traffic accident on Saturday.

The pair won an FA Cup during their time together at Arsenal and Fabregas opened up about the important role Reyes played in his career as a young player.

Reyes arrived in North London in January 2004, by which time the 16-year-old Fabregas had been at Arsenal for four months, and he scored two goals in 13 Premier League appearances as Arsene Wenger's unbeaten side won the title.

Fabregas wrote a touching tribute on Instagram, which read: "My first great friend in the world of professional football, my room-mate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning even at minus 10 degrees.

"A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person. I could not wake up today in a worse way.

"I will never forget when you and your family welcomed me at your home in my first Christmas in England when I was alone and 16-years-old.

"Our connection in the field was also special, since it was always easy to find you between the lines so you could make the difference.

"I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in football and I know that I am not wrong. Two days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend."

Players and coaches throughout the football world joined Fabregas in mourning, including former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

In a tweet posted by Arsenal's official account, Wenger said: "I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose.

"To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts."

Sevilla sporting director Monchi, who helped discover Reyes, described the winger's importance at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, telling SFC Radio: "He was the most innate talent that came out of the academy.

"Not needing to improve on anything, he was already good, and what's more, with his sale he allowed the club to grow, and then he came back to win another three titles.

"He is Sevilla history.

"I've been numb since the chairman called me, trying to wake up from what I want to be a nightmare but tragically seems to be real."

Unai Emery believes Arsenal lost their fighting spirit under Arsene Wenger as the Gunners prepare for Wednesday's Europa League final against Chelsea.

Emery replaced long-serving manager Wenger at the start of the season and the Spaniard could end his first campaign in charge with silverware if Arsenal beat Chelsea in Baku.

It has been a challenging season for Emery, who has attempted to rediscover Arsenal's competitiveness following a decline towards the end of Wenger's 22-year tenure.

Wenger delivered three Premier League titles during his time in London, however, Arsenal have not won a league title since 2004, with the Gunners failing to finish in the top four in the past three consecutive seasons.

"When I arrived here, we changed some things," Emery, who saw Arsenal finish fifth in the Premier League this term, told the UK newspapers. "Before Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were very competitive.

"With Wenger, it was very competitive and also he gave the team quality players, with a competitive spirit, who created the best moments in Arsenal. But in the last years they lost being competitive, keeping only the quality.

"I learned with other coaches, and also listening and watching, that here you need to be competitive with physical players and quality players. You need both. If you only have quality players it is difficult to catch up to the others. It is the same if you only have physical players, with no quality. So my idea is to share the two, to create a team with both.

"Above all, the idea is to be competitive [again] and we are doing this, getting competitive little by little with this team. We need more, yes. We can't do it all in one year. But we have reduced the distance, we have started to compete with some other teams."

"[Arsenal lacking fighting spirit] This was the first information I received when I arrived here," Emery added. "The team is, step by step, showing more character."

For the sixth time in five years, AC Milan are set to start looking for a new permanent head coach. 

Massimiliano Allegri, Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Vincenzo Montella and now Gennaro Gattuso have all moved on - and that does not include interim bosses Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi.

One of Milan's favourite sons, Gattuso told La Repubblica he decided to step down after the Rossoneri fell just one point short of Champions League qualification following a fifth-place finish in Serie A.

The former midfielder - who was promoted from the Primavera team in November 2017 - only oversaw one full season in charge at San Siro, where the once almighty Italian giants have fallen on tough times.

The club have yet to confirm his departure officially, but the question is still being asked: who will replace Gattuso and lead Milan in 2019-20? We take a look at the leading candidates.

Arsene Wenger​

Wenger's link to Milan is clear: Ivan Gazidis. The pair worked together at Arsenal, where Gazidis was chief executive from 2009-18. Gazidis departed Emirates Stadium in September and took up his post at Milan three months later, and speculation over a Wenger reunion has made headlines since.

Out of work since ending his 22-year association with Arsenal in 2018, Wenger has been linked with Milan and numerous other clubs throughout the campaign. The 69-year-old Frenchman is planning a return to football though he is unsure if his comeback will be in management. But with Gazidis believed to be keen on adopting a similar approach to that which he oversaw at Arsenal - signing highly rated and youthful players before selling for profit - Wenger could be the perfect man for the job.

Maurizio Sarri

After just one season, Chelsea boss Sarri is already being tipped to return to Serie A. Things have not gone smoothly for the former Napoli coach, who is reportedly in the running to succeed Allegri at Scudetto winners Juve. Despite a third-place finish in the Premier League and finals in the EFL Cup and Europa League, his style of football has not gone down well with the Stamford Bridge faithful. 'Sarri-ball' has been met with boos in London and Italian clubs are apparently ready to lure the 60-year-old back to his homeland. Juve and Roma have both been linked as they look to fill their vacancies and you can add Milan to that list now, especially given the club reportedly tried to prise Sarri from Empoli in 2015.

Simone Inzaghi

One of the most in-demand coaches in Serie A, Inzaghi has earned quite the reputation with Lazio – even Juve are apparently interested. The brother of Milan great Pippo, Simone is fresh off guiding Lazio to Coppa Italia glory after eliminating the Rossoneri in the semi-finals. The 43-year-old, who won the Scudetto with Lazio as a player in 2000, has been a constant in the Italian capital: working with the club's youth team before stepping up as caretaker in 2016, Inzaghi's coaching career has never gone beyond the Stadio Olimpico. This off-season, however, could see a change of scenery.

Gian Piero Gasperini

Champions League football and possibly a statue awaits Gasperini in Bergamo. Atalanta - founded in 1907 - will feature in Europe's premier club competition for the first time in their history after ending the Serie A season in third position, ahead of Inter, Milan, Roma, Torino and Lazio. While results have been terrific since Gasperini's arrival in 2016, it has been their style that has wowed fans and pundits. No team scored more goals than Atalanta (77) in Serie A in 2018-19, not even Juve or Napoli, while Milan only managed 55. The 61-year-old former Inter coach has been linked with Roma, but he could be tempted by a one-hour drive to San Siro.

Leonardo Jardim

Monaco coach Jardim is another reportedly on the list. While 2018-19 was a challenging season for the Portuguese and the Ligue 1 club, Jardim has plenty of admirers within and outside France. He snapped Paris Saint-Germain's stranglehold on French football by leading Monaco to a shock league title in 2017, as well as the Champions League semi-finals. This season had more of a yo-yo feel to it, after Jardim was sacked only to return as Thierry Henry's replacement before narrowly preserving Monaco's top-flight status. Having left the principality once before, Jardim could do so again.

Marco Giampaolo

The likeliest of appointments appears to be Giampaolo. Reports have gone as far as to suggest the Sampdoria coach and Gattuso could swap clubs. Samp are coming off a 2-0 season-ending victory over Juve, which left them ninth in the table. The 51-year-old cast doubt over his future after admitting his objectives were a "little different" to that of Sampdoria as he urged the side to aim higher.

Mark van Bommel/Andriy Shevchenko

These are two men with history in Milan. Former midfielder Van Bommel only moved into senior coaching this season after replacing Phillip Cocu at PSV, but he is reportedly high on the list of potential candidates. Van Bommel oversaw a runner-up finish behind rivals Ajax in the Eredivisie this term, the tenacious Dutchman having served as an assistant with Australia and Saudi Arabia prior to returning to Eindhoven.

Ukraine coach Shevchenko, meanwhile, has made no secret of his desire to lead Milan in the future. One of the club's most lethal strikers in his day told DAZN earlier in May: "Maybe it'll be my turn to coach Milan one day."

The Europa League final being held in Baku is "a nightmare" for Arsenal and Chelsea fans, according to former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Next week's showpiece between two of London's Premier League clubs will be hosted in eastern Europe, with Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan not travelling due to safety concerns given the politician tensions between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Many supporters are set to miss the trip too given the difficulties in travelling to Baku and the fact that each club has only been allocated 6,000 tickets at a stadium with a capacity of 68,700.

Arsenal have publicly criticised UEFA's decision to stage the final in Azerbaijan and Wenger expressed sympathy for both sets of supporters and Mkhitaryan.

"It's a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans]," Wenger told BBC Sport.

"The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions - they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it's the fans.

"[Mkhitaryan's situation] is something that should not happen in football.

"I feel it's not normal that in 2019 - inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies - that you cannot play for political reasons."

Wenger has not taken another managerial job since leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season, ending a 22-year stay with the club.

The 69-year-old revealed he wants to return to football but is unsure if he will be a boss again, and he said Arsenal will "be forever my club".

Wenger added: "I miss competition and I miss Arsenal because I left my heart in there.

"I gave my life to this club for 22 years. Every minute of my life was dedicated to this club and I miss the values we developed inside the club.

"I support Arsenal. It will be forever my club."

Arsene Wenger is eager to return to football, but the former Arsenal boss is unsure if his comeback will be in management.

Wenger, 69, ended a 22-year stay with the Premier League side at the end of last season before stepping away from management for this campaign.

The Frenchman, who has reportedly turned down numerous opportunities, said he would return, although he is unsure in just what role.

"I will go back into football, for sure," Wenger told The Guardian.

"In what position I don't know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there."

Wenger, who led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, said he would quickly decide what kind of position he wanted.

"Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I take a little distance," he said.

"I came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know. In what way will it be, will it be just winning football games or in another way? That's what I have to decide. That decision will come very quickly.

"Football is still my passion. That's the only thing I have a little bit of a feeling I know a little bit about."

Saturday's 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley made Manchester City the first men's team in history to complete a clean sweep of English football's major honours in the same season.

Raheem Sterling dispatched the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Chelsea after February's EFL Cup final at the same venue finished goalless, while City edged out Liverpool in an epic Premier League title race by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 last weekend.

Sterling and Gabriel Jesus then both scored twice on Saturday as City completed the treble, adding to a superb career body of work for manager Pep Guardiola.

But where does this City rank among the other finest teams since the Premier League rebrand of 1992-93 heralded the multi-million-pound era?

Five Omnisport writers have picked their sides.

Matt Dorman - Manchester United 1998-2001

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rode a wave of nostalgia in the early months of his return to Old Trafford and the hero of 1999 can be forgiven for indulging in past glories, such were the extraordinary feats he achieved alongside a squad of enviable depth and ability.

The now-United manager's last-gasp winner in the remarkable Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich two decades ago completed an unprecedented treble and serves as the centrepiece of an unforgettable era.

David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and brother Phil comprised the Class of 92 that blossomed late in the last millennium and delivered three straight Premier league titles, an FA Cup and that sought-after European crown.


Peter Hanson - Arsenal 2001-2004

History will ultimately show Arsene Wenger as a revolutionary who later failed to evolve. But boy, at their pomp Wenger's Arsenal were a dream to watch.

The pace and guile of Robert Pires, the lung-busting runs of Freddie Ljungberg, the colossus defending of Sol Campbell, the power and never-say-die attitude of Patrick Vieira, the endlessly talented Dennis Bergkamp and, last but not least, the world-class Thierry Henry, arguably the best we have ever seen in England's top flight.

The Gunners were an era-defining machine, grinding down opponents with their slick style and refusal to lay down their arms in any game. City's current vintage are a joy to watch, but for me Arsenal's 'Invincibles' remain the cream of the Premier League crop.

Liam Blackburn - Chelsea 2004-2006

City finished third in Guardiola's first trophyless season but there was no need for an adaptation period with Jose Mourinho, who immediately took English football by storm, leading the Blues to the 2004-05 title and ending a 50-year wait for a top-flight championship.

The foundations had been laid for Guardiola long before he came in but Mourinho had to swiftly find a winning formula with a squad overhauled since Roman Abramovich's takeover 12 months earlier - and the Portuguese built an all-conquering team that lost just one league game in his first season before retaining their title in the next.

Mourinho, who commanded the respect of big characters like Petr Cech, John Terry and Didier Drogba - succeeding where many future Chelsea managers failed, also reached two Champions League semi-finals only to bow out at the hands of Liverpool on each occasion thanks to Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' and a penalty shoot-out loss.


Joe Wright - Manchester United 2006-2009

Mourinho raised the bar with Chelsea between 2004 and 2006. Alex Ferguson went one better, with the finest United team he assembled.

They weren't treble-winners, but they conquered England, Europe and the world. Three league titles 2006-07 to 2008-09, an EFL Cup, a Champions League and a Club World Cup speak volumes about the strength of this squad.

The defence, in front of Edwin van der Sar, was the greatest Ferguson ever had. Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick controlled midfield; Owen Hargreaves did the rest. Ahead of them, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo were dazzlingly ruthless.

Jamie Smith - Manchester City 2017-2019

European success still eludes Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium but, judged solely on domestic performances over the last two years, City are the finest team of the Premier League era.

Their points totals say it all. City obliterated the competition in becoming the first team to reach 100 points last term and they almost matched that haul despite the phenomenal pressure exerted on them by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, winning 14 games in a row to retain the title.

The domestic treble had never been done by a men's team in England before and while Arsenal's Invincibles were an amazing side, they were not quite the relentless winning machine built by Guardiola.

On April 20, 2018, Arsene Wenger announced that he would step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, bringing his 22-year stint at the club to an end.

Unai Emery was selected as Wenger's successor, and the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain coach brought up his 50th game in charge of the Gunners in style on Thursday, as Arsenal claimed a 3-0 aggregate win over Serie A heavyweights Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The 1-0 victory on the night – which came courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette's superb free-kick – was a 32nd win across all competitions for Emery, and he has the best record of any Arsenal manager in their first 50 matches.

And, using Opta facts, we have taken a look at just how Emery's opening 50 games compare to Wenger's final 50 at the helm as we reach the business end of the Spaniard's first season.


Emery has won 32 of his 50 games in charge of Arsenal in all competitions, a win ratio of 64 per cent. In the final 50 games of Wenger's tenure, the Gunners won 25 games, drawing nine times and losing on 16 occasions – compared to seven draws and 11 defeats respectively under the new boss.

Indeed, across most areas, there has been clear improvement for Arsenal when contrasted with the final days under their former manager. They have scored 97 goals, compared to 95 in the same period under Wenger, while defensively the team has also improved, keeping one more clean sheet and conceding eight fewer goals in total.

Arsenal do average fewer shots than they did under their last manager, but, perhaps thanks to the fine form of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – both signed during Wenger's final season – their efficiency is up, with a shot conversion rate of 15.3, in comparison to 12.67.


One area in which Arsenal have not improved – and have indeed gone backwards in under Emery – is discipline. In his 50 games to date, Arsenal have had four players sent off, double the amount of red cards received during Wenger's final 50 fixtures at the club.

The number of yellow cards are identical, but it should be noted that, with the introduction of energetic, tenacious midfielders such as Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who have picked up 16 bookings and two red cards between them, Emery's side has more bite than under Wenger.

While Emery is perhaps renowned as a more conservative coach than his predecessor, Arsenal have actually been more open during his tenure so far – they have faced more shots in his opening 50 games than they did in the 50 matches preceding his appointment.


We have seen how Emery compares to Wenger, but how does he stack up against the rest of the top six managers in the Premier League?

It is a good omen for Arsenal, with Emery's record of 32 wins from 50 games an improvement on former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (30), Manchester City's Pep Guardiola (29), Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino (26) and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (23).

In fact, Emery is level with another Premier League newcomer – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri – at the top of the pile, with the Blues boss also winning 32 of his opening 50 games in charge.

Emmanuel Petit does not believe Arsene Wenger is the right man to sort out Paris Saint-Germain's "lack of authority".

Wenger has been without a job since stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Premier League side.

There have been suggestions that he could replace Antero Henrique as the Ligue 1 outfit's new sporting director at season's end, but Petit – who played under Wenger at Arsenal – does not think he would fit in at a club seemingly run by its band of superstar players, such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"One of the major issues facing PSG is the lack of authority in that club," Petit told Omnisport. "All of those who played for big clubs, and I'm among them, they know very well that it doesn't work like that.

"The attitude that some PSG players have had for the past few years, on and off the pitch, would have been punished at other big clubs.

"If Arsene is interested in going to PSG to be the link between the president and Thomas Tuchel, why not, but I struggle to see him in that role. Arsene is someone who wants to have complete control, and this is one of the reasons why he didn't go to [Real] Madrid a few years ago.

"Something is missing at PSG. The club have to be more respected, the players have to be more responsible. When you earn that much money, you have to compromise, you have some obligations. When I see what some players do, I think that football has changed a lot."

PSG were dumped out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Manchester United earlier this month, despite winning the first leg in England 2-0.

Petit reiterated his stance that PSG were "cocky" against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United in the return leg and deserved to be on the wrong end of a dramatic 3-1 scoreline at the Parc des Princes.

The 48-year-old pointed to the club's dramatic exit from the same competition in 2017 when they lost the second leg to Barcelona 6-1 after winning the opening match 4-0 and said that should have been all the warning required to prevent a repeat.

"I was at the Parc des Princes and it was shameful, simple as that," he added. "One player acknowledged it, Presnel Kimpembe. He said they were cocky during the preparation, and it's exactly what I said on the pitch after the game. How they approached the game was very bad, the mentality was very bad.

"And I disagree completely with what Tuchel said, yet I respect his work tremendously. He said it was an accident. I'm sorry but you can't talk about an accident when it happens every year, it's not an accident. At one point, you have to learn your lesson.

"They knew as well that with the Barca comeback, the Roma comeback against Barca [the Italian side reversed a 4-1 first-leg defeat to progress in last year's competition] and all the weird things in European Championships and World Cups, you can't say the players were not warned."

It was only December when reports emerged the axe could be set to fall on AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, with Arsene Wenger the man on everyone's lips.

Only two wins in seven matches that month, and Ivan Gazidis' arrival from Arsenal, increased pressure on Gattuso and prompted speculation over former Gunners manager Wenger.

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus head coach Antonio Conte was also linked with a return to Italy via Milan.

Since the New Year, however, Gattuso and his Milan have only lost once in 12 games in all competitions – including five successive Serie A victories heading into Sunday's derby against Inter.

Across the city divide, Luciano Spalletti's Inter have stuttered as they deal with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding former captain Mauro Icardi.

With Milan in form and on track to qualify for the Champions League, Rossoneri great Gattuso has fans dreaming again.


Difficult December

Already under pressure following Leonardo's return, the month of December only plunged Gattuso's position into further doubt. Back at the club as they continued to overhaul their senior hierarchy under new owners Elliott Management, sporting director Leonardo was forced to deny links with Conte in July. Five months later, the 49-year-old Brazilian then dismissed reports Gattuso could be replaced. Leonardo's backing came after a five-match winless streak, which included a run of four league games without a goal against Torino, Bologna, Fiorentina and Frosinone. At that stage, Inter were third and seven points clear of fourth-placed Lazio following victories over Napoli and Empoli to close out 2018.

Higuain out, Piatek in

Gonzalo Higuain's arrival from Juventus at the expense of Leonardo Bonucci after just one season was meant to signal a new era at San Siro, with the Argentina international seen as the man to follow in the footsteps of Andriy Shevchenko and others. Many believed Milan were the winners of that deal too after also signing promising defender Mattia Caldara. It did not go according to plan, however. Higuain – often a frustrated figure on the pitch – left for Chelsea and a Maurizio Sarri reunion having scored just eight goals in all competitions. Milan wasted little time replacing the former Napoli striker, turning to Genoa sensation Krzysztof Piatek in a €35million deal in January. With Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta's transfer triggering memories of Kaka, Milan enjoyed an upturn in form. After making his debut against Napoli, Piatek opened his account with a double against the same opposition in the Coppa Italia three days later. Milan only lost once in January – against Juve in the Supercoppa Italiana – as Gattuso celebrated his true number nine.

Atalanta comeback

Leaving the Italian capital with a point against Roma thanks to Piatek further highlighted Milan's resurgence, which the Poland international and Paqueta backed up at home to Cagliari. But, it was the win at Atalanta that really impressed. One of the most entertaining teams in the league under Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta were stunned by a red-hot Milan. With another Piatek brace, a settled front three and a midfield trio of Franck Kessie, Paqueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko – finally returning to his Monaco form – performing well, doubts over Gattuso quickly disappeared. As for the Nerazzurri, they went through a turbulent February. After playing as Inter snapped a three-match losing run against Parma, Icardi was stripped of the captaincy and replaced by Samir Handanovic. The 26-year-old has not featured in the eight matches since.

Milan leapfrog Inter

Repaying the faith shown and solidifying the rebuilding project under Elliott Management, Gattuso's Milan continued to fly high as they went from fourth to third, dislodging Inter for the final Champions League automatic qualifying spot. A fourth successive league win at home to Sassuolo, coupled with Inter's shock loss away to Cagliari, saw Milan take full advantage to leapfrog their bitter rivals in the standings. Absent from the Champions League since 2013-14, Milan cemented that position – only six points behind second-placed Napoli – with a gritty victory on the road against Chievo, where Piatek enhanced his status as a fan favourite.

Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry will both bounce back as managers, according to Robert Pires.

Wenger has not taken another job since leaving Arsenal at the end of 2017-18, although he was linked with AC Milan earlier this season.

Henry, meanwhile, lasted only three months at Monaco after being thrust into a Ligue 1 relegation battle last year.

Pires played with Henry under Wenger at Arsenal and he believes both men still have a lot to give as managers despite their continued unemployment.

"Arsene left last year after 22 seasons with the club. He won a lot of titles," Pires told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "He built the team, he built the new stadium.

"I think he was a great manager for Arsenal but even for the Premier League. So for me he was like a genius because he's a great manager but he's a great person, so Wenger is not only for Arsenal but he's special for football and of course the Premier League.

"I think football needs guys like Arsene Wenger. Now, he's still living in London, he enjoys the new life. He doesn't have any more pressure about the results, about the owners, about the fans, about the media. But maybe one day, I hope, he'll come back on the bench."

Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Henry struggled in his maiden managerial reign, failing to lead Monaco away from relegation danger with the club turning back to his predecessor Leonardo Jardim in January.

But Pires suggested Henry's struggles at Monaco were not entirely his fault, the club having sold star players including Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva since winning the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17.

"I hope for him because he loves football, he's passionate about this," Pires added. "I think he learned a lot with Monaco. Unfortunately, he was only there for three months. I think, this job, to be a manager is very difficult, because we have a lot of pressure.

"For example, if we win, it's the players. When we lost, it's only the manager, and of course, it's easier to sack only one person. So that's why when the results are not very good, I repeat, it's easier to sack the manager. Unfortunately for Thierry, it was what happened with Monaco."

Arsene Wenger will not become Paris Saint-Germain's new sporting director, according to the club's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Wenger has been without a job since stepping down as Arsenal boss at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Premier League side.

Suggestions he could replace Antero Henrique as the Ligue 1 outfit's new sporting director are wide of the mark, though, says Al-Khelaifi.

"I have very good relations with Arsene," he told Le Parisien.

"I'm close to him and I've known him for a long time. He is a wonderful manager and coach. He has a very sharp and very complete knowledge of football. 

"But we have a sports director, Antero Henrique, in whom I have great confidence.

"I hear the media constantly say that Arsene will come to take this job. It's too much. Let us work, please. 

"Antero does a very good job. He will continue with us. He stays there."

Wenger was recognised at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco this week with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger, describing the Frenchman and Alex Ferguson as "sweet enemies".

Mourinho was involved in a fierce rivalry with the Arsenal and Manchester United managers during his two spells at Chelsea and then again with Wenger after taking over the reins at Old Trafford in 2016.

Mourinho's first stint at Chelsea started the season after Arsenal's legendary 2003-04 campaign, which saw them lift the Premier League trophy without suffering defeat – an achievement that saw them christened 'the Invincibles'.

The Portuguese, who has been out of a job since being dismissed by United in December, looks back fondly on his battles with Wenger and Ferguson and believes the former Arsenal boss deserves more credit for guiding the Gunners through that unbeaten season.

"He is a very intelligent person and one of the best managers in the history of football," he told @LaureusSport after Wenger was awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards' Lifetime Achievement award.

"I arrived in England and I found 'the Invincibles' and I found Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson very much hurt by that Arsenal season.

"And we were like a third force coming. Chelsea had a great desire to be champions for the first time in so many years. So, of course, it was the confrontation of forces and you can imagine that Sir Alex, Wenger and myself we were fighting for the same. We were like, I like to say in football 'sweet enemies'.

"My feeling is where are the next 'Invincibles'? Where are they? Who did it again? Who made people forget that he was the manager of the invincible team? Lots of philosophies, lots of talk, lots of PR. Football today is a lot about this, but [it is about] results, and who did better than him?"

Mourinho and Wenger were involved in a number of heated exchanges with each other over the years, but Mourinho insists it has done nothing to diminish his respect for the 69-year-old.

He added: "I really enjoyed the competition but there were some episodes along the road that I don't like to say I regret because this is really part of our history and we cannot go back and delete them.

"But what I can say is that the real respect is always there."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has suggested Arsene Wenger could be the ideal replacement for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Wenger stepped down as Gunners boss after 22 years in charge at the end of last season, having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups in north London.

Sarri, meanwhile, is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge following a string of poor performances and faced a backlash from his own fans during Monday's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at home to Manchester United.

Seaman believes that, if a vacancy should become available, Wenger may feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League.

"Arsene always said he wouldn't come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal, that he wouldn't feel right competing against Arsenal," former England number one Seaman told talkSPORT.

"But obviously time's a healer and he could think, 'I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong'.

"For me, Arsene got a lot of criticism that wasn't deserved over his last few years at Arsenal.

"It looks like there could be a vacancy at Chelsea quite soon, depending on their next three games which are three big games for Chelsea.

"He'd be great there, I think. He'd be great anywhere, he's a fantastic manager.

"I would love to see him back, but I don't think it would happen."

Arsene Wenger has suggested Aaron Ramsey would still be an Arsenal player next season if he was in charge of the Premier League club.

Juventus confirmed earlier this month that they had agreed a deal to sign Wales midfielder Ramsey at the end his contract in June, ending an 11-year association with the Gunners.

Unai Emery replaced Wenger after more than 21-and-a-half years at the helm for the start of this season and Ramsey had often been deployed as a substitute under the ex-Sevilla boss.

The 28-year-old's switch to Juve was long mooted but, speaking at the Laureus World Sport Awards – where he received a lifetime achievement prize – Wenger claimed there had been a change of heart after his own Emirates Stadium departure.

"In the case of Ramsey, it's not a question at all of [running down his] contract, not at all," he said.

"I think it was not a financial situation and not a desire of the player to leave. But, as long as I was there, I was convinced that the player would stay.

"What happened after, I don't know. It was not a financial problem, not a desire to leave problem."

Ramsey will reportedly be handsomely remunerated for his services in wage terms, having joined Juventus on a free transfer.

Wenger feels this factor, along with spiralling transfer prices for elite players, is increasingly influential and gives an incentive for players not to commit to contract extensions ahead of time.

"It's very simple: the transfer market is so big now that they think 'if I run out my contract, I will not get the whole [outlay of the] transfer [but] I get the big part of it'," he explained, having seen star names Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil enter the closing stages of their Arsenal deals on his watch.

"Adding that to inflation means that the financial incentive for a player is to run out his contract. You'll see that more and more, because a good player today [costs] between 50 and 100 million.

"So, the player will not be bought for that price. His interest is to run the contract down and say to the club who wants to buy him 'okay, I don't want 50 [million], but I want a part of it'."

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