The West Ham boss David Moyes is preparing to face Arsenal at the Emirates this afternoon, and although he is feeling reasonably confident in his own team after three games unbeaten, he thinks that the Gunners could play brilliantly as a sign of support for their departing manager.
Moyes gave a gushing tribute to Wenger, who has been one of his opponents for many many years. He said on the official Hammers site: “I think he’s been a great competitor, he’s been a terrific manager. Over the years I think he’s one of the best managers that has certainly graced the Premier League that’s for sure.
“I think that real football people appreciate what he’s done, I think that he lives and breathes it, he’s dedicated to his job, he’s been dedicated to the sport. I’ve got to know him a little bit at different times, at the Euros and different functions – he’s a real proper football man and he’s worked really hard to obtain what he has done.
“I thought I’d done quite well doing eleven years at one club, so to do 22 years is an incredible achievement as it was for Sir Alex at Manchester United. At Arsenal he created a great team and good players and they had a style, and I think over the years Wenger is one of the coaches who has changed the style of football.
“I probably wish it hadn’t been announced this weekend that’s for sure. I think most people appreciate Arsene Wenger for what he’s done and what he’s achieved in football and I respect him for how good a football man he is and how hard he’s had to work.”
There have been hundreds of tributes to Wenger this week, from former and current players and numerous coaches as well, but Moyes is fully entitled to be highlighted as his West Ham team are preparing to face a buoyed up Arsenal side after this week’s announcement.
He knows he is going to get stuffed!