Former Arsenal right-back and invincibles member Lauren says Arsene Wenger dedicated his life to the club. The 68-year-old Frenchman announced earlier today that he would be calling it quits on his managerial career with Arsenal at the end of the season.
According to Lauren, Wenger deserves more respect, and this is no surprise as the Frenchman has received tributes from various corners after disclosing his decision to quit the club at the end of the season, thereby ending his 22-year-old reign.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Lauren said: “It’s a very emotional day today and we have to give big credit to Wenger – what he has done for the club in football ways and as an institution.
“Wenger gave his life to the club,” he added. “I remember many times we were playing away in the Champions League, we would come out at 3 o’clock in the morning and he was still there.”
According to Lauren, a former Cameroon international, people will show appreciation to Wenger for his efforts at the club in subsequent years after his resignation. Fans had been clamoring for his head in recent years due to lack of relative significant success at the club with relation to winning trophies.
Lauren continued: “His legacy – that will come in the future.
“He transformed the methods, the institution, the way that players have to take care of themselves on and off the pitch.
“He’s the greatest manager in the history of the football club and one of the greatest in football.”
Lauren, however, expects Arsene to be back in the game sooner than later.
He told Jim White: “I think he’s going to have a break. After this he’s going to take his time, he’ll want to rest to point his mind in the right direction.
“He’s a football man. He loves football. We don’t know where, but he’ll definitely be in football in the next year.@