Arsene Wenger Honoured By LMA

Arsene Wenger has been honoured by the League Managers Association at the presentation dinner at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night.

After being presented with the award by England boss Gareth Southgate, the 69- year-old joked that since quitting Arsenal he has picked up a trophy every week!

The Frenchman was handed a similar accolade at the Leaders Sport Awards in October and been made a Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption by Liberian president George Weah, who he managed at Monaco.

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson praised Wenger’s impact on the English game.: “Arsene’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996.

“It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements.

“On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.”

During his 22-year tenure, Wenger guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups and twice won the Double.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: “The LMA is proud to recognise Arsene’s remarkable career in football management.

“The role of the football manager has changed beyond recognition since Arsene’s first match at Highbury in 1996, but his profound influence on the game over the past 22 years means he truly deserves the admiration of his fellow practitioners in football.”

Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery back in May after he learned his contract was not going to be renewed.

Departing Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth was also presented with a special award by FA chief executive Martin Glenn as he prepares to take up a similar role with Brighton.