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Class Act

The reason why Arsene Wenger doesn’t have any winners medals will remind you of his legendary status

The long-serving Arsenal manager gives away all of his medals to underappreciated members of staff

Arsene Wenger is currently as unpopular as he’s ever been with Arsenal fans.

After finishing outside the top four for the first time in the Frenchman’s reign, the ‘Wenger Out’ campaign has more supporters than ever.

But his legacy is undeniable.

Will Arsene Wenger be giving the thumbs up to Arsenal fans by staying on?

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Never forget what this man has done

Taking over an disorganised Arsenal side, Wenger reinvented the club, employing a philosophy of attractive football that has delivered three league titles and six FA Cups.

Let’s not forget the Invincibles season.

But he isn’t in possession of any winners medals.

If he masterminds an unexpected victory over Chelsea in this afternoon’s FA Cup final then he will do with his medal what he has always done, give it away to a member of Arsenal’s backroom staff.

Arseene Wenger celebrates after winning the FA Cup in 2015

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A true gentleman

“I have no medals at home from anything. You come to my home, you will be surprised,” Wenger told the BBC.

“There is no trophy, no medal, nothing. I always give them out.

“There is always a guy at the club who did not get a medal – a member of staff – so I have given it to him.

“So you are always a medal short and you will always find someone who takes it.”

What a class act.

He deserves ten medals for this signing alone

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He deserves ten medals for this signing alone

Given that Wenger is the focal point for many frustrated fans’ anger, you would forgive him for also demanding that he be singled out for praise when the club succeeds.

But no, he believes the underappreciated members of the backroom staff deserve something to show for their efforts.

Whatever you think of his capabilities as a manager in 2017, you have to say he is an outstanding ambassador and an example to others.