Cesc Fabregas sends message to Arsenal supporters about Arsene Wenger
The Chelsea FC star lavishes praise on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Cesc Fabregas has described Arsene Wenger as the manager who changed English football.
The Arsenal boss is set to stand down at the end of the Premier League campaign following 22 seasons in charge of the north London side.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a new manager capable of filling Wenger’s void at the Emirates Stadium next term.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger guided the Gunners to a famous unbeaten season.
The Gunners have won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shields during Wenger’s reign.
However, the 68-year-old was unable to guide the Gunners to Champions League glory following a 2-1 loss to FC Barcelona in Paris in 2006.
Fabregas spent eight season under Wenger’s charge before blossoming into Gunners captain after the Frenchman signed Fabregas as a 15-year-old from FC Barcelona in 2003.
The Chelsea FC star heaped praise on Wenger for his impact on English football.
“He’s a special man and a special person – full of class, full of integrity and I really wish him all the best,” Fabregas told Sky Sports.
“Football and myself will miss him so much. It was a sad day when I heard. He changed English football.
“I remember when I was little, you watch any Premier League game and you really only saw long balls and a lot of headers and tackles.
“But then you see Manchester United and Arsenal play and it’s like you are watching another sport – and Arsene has so much to do with it.
“His philosophy has always been to play beautiful football, take youngsters to another level, bring them up to higher standards and always make them believe they can achieve.
“I can name you so many young players that nobody else in the world believed in, but he did.
“Then they became world class and they won everything in the game.”
Fabregas moved to Chelsea FC from La Liga giants FC Barcelona in a £27m deal in the 2014 summer transfer window.
The Spanish midfielder didn’t win the Premier League title at Arsenal but has won the top-flight crown with Chelsea FC in 2015 and 2017.