Arsene Wenger recently surpassed Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League managerial record for most games in charge.
But while Ferguson’s career ended on a high with yet another top flight title in 2013, Wenger’s has somewhat stagnated in the face of huge scrutiny from Arsenal fans.
The second half of the Frenchman’s now 22-year tenure in north London reeks of mediocrity compared with the first half.
Wenger remains immovable at Arsenal despite the Gunners’ decline – but Robin van Persie believes his former boss has a right to be there.
And the Dutchman, who worked under both iconic managers, claims Wenger is the best of the bunch.
After re-joining boyhood club Feyenoord from Galatasaray this week, he said: “Arsene is just the best manager in the world.
“This is why I want him to be successful with Arsenal. He deserves it.
“I owe everything to Arsene Wenger. He has been crucial for me in my development as a player and as a person.
“I only have warm memories. I enjoyed every day, every minute I worked, trained and played for Arsene.”
Van Persie won more Premier League titles in a single season at Old Trafford than he did during eight at Highbury and the Emirates.
But for the Dutchman, the memories of Wenger are cherished more than the prizes under Ferguson.
Take that, Sir Alex.
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