Antonio Conte reacts to Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal

Antonio Conte pays tribute to Arsene Wenger after he announced his plan to leave Arsenal this summer

Antonio Conte
Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Antonio Conte has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman announced his plan to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has decided to call time on his 22-year spell with the north London club and confirmed on Friday that he would be leaving the Gunners at the end of the current campaign.

Wenger will lead Arsenal until the end of the campaign before exiting the club after having overseen the north London side’s move to The Emirates from Highbury back in 2006.

The Arsenal manager has led the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time in charge of the north London side.

And Conte, whose Chelsea FC side were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final last year, was quick to praise his counterpart after he announced his intention to quit the club in the summer.

Speaking at a news conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon, Conte said: “I think we must pay a great tribute to Arsene Wenger for his career with Arsenal.

“To stay at a club for such a long time, 22 years at Arsenal, is great and is a fantastic story.

“He won a lot for that club and for this he deserves a great tribute. I think Arsene is one of the managers who have had a great influence in football. In every moment, he tried to play good football, creative and offensive football.

“He deserves great respect, not only from Arsenal supporters but also from the whole world of football.

“He is one of the greatest managers, who has had a fantastic career with Arsenal and it will be very difficult to see another manager in the future stay at the same club for such a long time.

“Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are two that have done it and are really good stories for football.”

Chelsea FC are currently preparing for their FA Cup semi-final clash against Southampton on Sunday.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will host West Ham at The Emirates, before turning their attentions towards their crunch Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.

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